A proposed research area in project alliancing: cost management based on interorganizational settings

Chen, G and Zhang, G 2010, 'A proposed research area in project alliancing: cost management based on interorganizational settings', in Paolo Tombesi (ed.) Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 35th Annual Meeting , Melbourne, Australia, 14-16 July 2010, pp. 1-15.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title A proposed research area in project alliancing: cost management based on interorganizational settings
Author(s) Chen, G
Zhang, G
Year 2010
Conference name Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 35th Annual Meeting
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 14-16 July 2010
Proceedings title Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 35th Annual Meeting
Editor(s) Paolo Tombesi
Publisher University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Abstract Recent decade has witnessed the popularity of project alliancing and seen the increasing importance of interorganizational cooperation between different organizations in the construction industry. Both scholars and practitioners view alliancing as an alternative project delivery method to deal with the lack of integration, to improve the efficiency and performance of the construction industry. Despite the fact that alliancing can deliver various benefits at both the project level and the organizational level, there remained some mixed views on cost effectiveness in project alliancing due to its lack of competition nature. Meantime, the blurring organizational boundaries and collaborative action among alliance members have challenged traditional cost management practice which limits its scope to the boundaries of the organization. The aims of this paper are to, first, explore the cost and cost management issues as well as motivations for future research direction drawing upon the theory and research from Transaction Cost Economics (TCE) and Management Accounting (MA), and second, to design the research on cost management in project alliancing. This paper proposes that it is necessary to investigate the influence of project alliancing arrangements on cost and the impacts of interorganizational settings on cost management in the context of project alliancing.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Building not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Cost management
project alliancing
construction industry
interorganizational settings.
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