https://doi.org/10.24928/2021/0216

A Scenario-Based Model for the Study of Collaboration in Construction

Alejandro Garcia1 & Danny Murguia2

1Research Assistant, Construction Management & Technology Research Group (GETEC), Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-1347-0824
2Assistant Professor, Construction Management & Technology Research Group (GETEC), Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-1009-4058

Abstract

The construction sector has been widely criticized for its low productivity, fragmented structure, and adversarial relationships. To address these problems, some industry actors are adopting innovations such as lean construction, digital technologies, and collaborative contracts. However, these transformative innovations are underpinned by interorganizational collaboration within complex supply chain networks. Understanding collaboration in theory and practice is a difficult task. Therefore, this study aims to investigate factors influencing collaboration and develop a model for inter-organizational collaboration. To achieve this aim, first, a literature review on collaboration in construction was conducted. Second, qualitative data were collected via semi-structured interviews using the critical incident technique. Third, data were deductively and inductively analyzed using thematic nodes. Data showed that collaboration can be classified into four dimensions: trust, project uncertainty management, client’s operational capability, and business relationships. Finally, an empirical framework was constructed using the scenario technique. Client attributes and Supply Chain Capabilities were found to be the most influential and uncertain factors. Based on these, four collaboration scenarios were developed and assessed with illustrative implications derived from the empirical data. The scenario-based model would provide a further understanding of inter-organizational collaboration within supply chains and would aid Lean Construction practitioners to develop collaborative relationships.

Keywords

Collaboration, supply chain management, lean construction, relationships, scenarios

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Garcia, A. & Murguia, D. 2021, 'A Scenario-Based Model for the Study of Collaboration in Construction' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 552-561

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