Building capability in construction projects: A relationship-based approach

Davis, P and Walker, D 2009, 'Building capability in construction projects: A relationship-based approach', Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 475-489.


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Title Building capability in construction projects: A relationship-based approach
Author(s) Davis, P
Walker, D
Year 2009
Journal name Engineering Construction and Architectural Management
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Start page 475
End page 489
Total pages 14
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Abstract The aim of this paper is to propose a way that the development of human social relationship capital can be identified and measured in a construction project environment. Design/methodology/approach: Theory on the creation of social capital and consequent intellectual capital between parties to collaborative project procurement is explored. This is an exploratory study using grounded theory. Findings: A proposed capability maturity model (CMM) is posited that can be used to measure improvement in developing human social capital, and assisting in project strategy formulation. Two recent Australian alliance projects are analysed using the model to gain insights into how the quality of relationships within project alliances can be assessed. Practical implications: The model described in this paper may be used to measure performance or as an initial step towards strategising a change management plan based upon identifying a 'current' situation. Originality/value: Each alliance is unique and so its goals with regard to social capital will vary. Accordingly the results should be viewed accordingly. Work in this area using a CMM approach is relatively rare, and so this paper provides a novel way of measuring a complex concept such as social capital.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) human capital
procurement
construction industry
strategic alliances
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.1108/09699980910988375
Copyright notice © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN 0969-9988
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