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

Smith, J, Edwards, DJ, Martek, Igor, Chileshe, N, Hayhow, S and Roberts, CJ 2021, The antecedents of construction project change: an analysis of design and build procurement application, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, pp. 1-35, doi: 10.1108/JEDT-12-2020-0507.

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Title The antecedents of construction project change: an analysis of design and build procurement application
Author(s) Smith, J
Edwards, DJ
Martek, IgorORCID iD for Martek, Igor
Chileshe, N
Hayhow, S
Roberts, CJ
Journal name Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Start page 1
End page 35
Total pages 35
Publisher Emerald Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1726-0531
Keyword(s) Commercial construction
Construction industry
Change management
Project rework
Joint contract tribunal
Design and build
Science & Technology
Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Summary PurposeThis study aims 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.Design/methodology/approachThe research adopts mixed doctrines through a combination of epistemological lenses, embracing two primary philosophical stances: interpretivism, to identify the primary drivers of change based on a systematic literature review and 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.FindingsThe 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; and 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/valueThe study tackles the common issue of managing the deleterious effects of change on commercial construction projects, defining management techniques to minimise stakeholder tribulation.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1108/JEDT-12-2020-0507
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Field of Research 09 Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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