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The influence of a collaborative procurement approach using integrated design in construction on project team performance

Forgues, D and Koskela, LJ 2009, 'The influence of a collaborative procurement approach using integrated design in construction on project team performance' , International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 2 (3) , pp. 370-385.

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        Abstract

        Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to study the influence of procurement on the performance of integrated design teams. Design/methodology/approach – The research paradigm is based on Russian socio-constructivist approach to activity theory. Activity theory, as opposed to natural or social science, is a design science approach that focuses on the context aspect of project. A triangulation of qualitative research methods is used to investigate the dynamic of integrated teams in two different procurement contexts. Findings – The paper is conclusive regarding the influence of procurement on team efficiency. It demonstrates that traditional procurement processes reinforce socio-cognitive barriers that hinder team efficiency. It also illustrates how new procurement modes can transform the dynamic of relationships between the client and the members of the supply chain, and have a positive impact on teamperformance. Practical implications – The paper demonstrates first that problems with integrated design team efficiency are related to context and not process – they are not technical but socio-cognitive; second that fragmented transactional contracting increases socio-cognitive barriers that hinder integrated design team performance; third that new forms of relational contracting may help to mitigate socio-cognitive barriers and improve integrated design team performance, fourth that changing the context through procurement does not address the problem of obsolete design practices. Originality/value – The paper brings together theories of production in lean construction and social learning as a rival approach to traditional project management theory for demonstrating the importance of context on team performance.

        Item Type: Article
        Uncontrolled Keywords: Procurement, Team working, Project management, Construction industry
        Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
        Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
        Built and Human Environment
        Subjects outside of the University Themes
        Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
        Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
        Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business
        Publisher: Emerald
        Refereed: Yes
        ISSN: 1753-8378
        Depositing User: LJ Koskela
        Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 11:19
        Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:18
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        URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9358

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