Contributions of Existing Practices to Pursuing Value in Construction Projects

Patricia Tillmann1, Patricia Tzortzopoulos2, Carlos T. Formoso3 & Glenn Ballard4

1Post-doc, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, 407 McLaughlin Hall, Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA. patriciatillmann@berkeley.edu
2Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, Maxwell Building, University of Salford, Maxwell Building, M5 4WT. p.tzortzopoulos@salford.ac.uk
3Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Osvaldo Aranha, 99. Porto Alegre, Brazil. formoso@ufrgs.br
4Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, 214 McLaughlin Hall, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712, USA, ballard@ce.berkeley.edu

Abstract

This research was motivated by the identification of a practical problem with theoretical relevance. Empirical observation of a large infrastructure programme pointed out managerial difficulties to achieve the expected outcomes of that construction project. The observed problem is related to the challenge of collectively defining and pursuing a project’s value proposition throughout its entire implementation. In order to better understand the nature of this problem and search for potential solutions, this research focused on evaluating the contributions of existing practices to solve the problem in hand. For that, a design science research methodology was adopted and with emphasis on the evaluative aspect of such method. Two existing practices were evaluated: the BeReal model, being developed and tested in healthcare infrastructure projects in the UK; and the Lean Project Delivery System (LPDS), being developed and tested in different construction projects in the US. While the BeReal model was specifically designed to support project teams to collectively define and pursue outcomes throughout project implementation, the LPDS brings critical elements for establishing the desired conditions that allow teams to collectively pursue value. The findings of this research indicate that it is necessary to combine the different underlying rationale of the analysed approaches to improve value generation in the construction industry: engagement of key players in a value definition and value pursuit effort; the establishment of favorable conditions for them to work together and the formulation and specification of goals, which are aligned with business strategy and reviewed and refined by key players.

Keywords

Value Generation, Project Management, Value Management, Evaluation Research.

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Tillmann, P. , Tzortzopoulos, P. , Formoso, C.T. & Ballard, G. 2013, 'Contributions of Existing Practices to Pursuing Value in Construction Projects' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 21th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Fortaleza, Brazil, 31-2 Aug 2013. pp 359-368

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