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Building high-performing and integrated project teams
journal contributionposted on 2020-10-21, 00:00 authored by Dominic Doe Ahiaga-DagbuiDominic Doe Ahiaga-Dagbui, Olubukola TokedeOlubukola Tokede, J Morrison, A Chirnside
PurposeEffective inter-organisational relationships are key to engendering innovation and ensuring the successful delivery of infrastructure projects. Relationship-based contracts are thus widely used to stimulate best-for-project ideals and attenuate the otherwise adversarial relationship that often exists between clients and contractors. This study examines the effectiveness and limitations of a project facilitation model as coaching tool for developing conducive inter-organisational relationships for construction project delivery.Design/methodology/approachThe study adopts a case-study approach using evidence from triangulated data sources of focus group workshops, semi-structured interviews and document analysis.Findings(1) The facilitation model enabled an environment for psychological safety to be developed, which engendered a platform for effective cooperation for problem-solving and achieving quasi best-for-project ideals. (2) The model provides the mechanism to develop team behaviours that support enhanced performance and create an environment less adversarial and more collaborative than traditional contracting.Originality/valueThe novelty of this research is that relationship-based principles have been utilised as part of a traditional design-bid-build contract with lump-sum payment arrangements.