The antecedents of construction project change: an analysis of design & build procurement application

Smith, J. and Edwards, D.J. and Martek, I. and Chileshe, N. and Roberts, C. and Hayhow, S. (2021) The antecedents of construction project change: an analysis of design & build procurement application. Journal of Engineering Design and Technology. ISSN 1726-0531

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Purpose: This research seeks to excoriate, define and delineate the main drivers of ‘change’ in commercial construction projects and generate guidelines on how to minimise exposure to the associated adverse effects upon project stakeholders.
Methodology: The research adopts mixed doctrines through a combination of epistemological lenses, embracing two primary philosophical stances: (i) interpretivism, to identify the primary drivers of change based on a systematic literature review and (ii) a post-positivist, inductive approach to analyse the results of change within a Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Design and Build (D&B) construction project case study.
Findings: The causal nexus of change during the construction phase is assessed and delineated; the key affecting factors are thematically grouped under headings: extent and severity; time in relation to implementing; instigating party; individual(s) responsible for managing the change; reason for the change; available resource; recoverable or non-recoverable; contract / project type; type of client. Following this, the effects of change on key elements of the project are encapsulated and recommendations for adaptations which may provide improved experiences are offered.
Originality: The study tackles the common issue of managing the deleterious effects of change on commercial construction projects, defining management techniques to minimise stakeholder tribulation.

Item Type: Article
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15 December 2020Accepted
26 February 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commercial construction; construction industry; change management; project rework; joint contract tribunal; design and build
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-02 - building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: David Edwards
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2020 11:37
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:25

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