Online from: 2008
Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies
Options: To add Favourites and Table of Contents Alerts please take a Emerald profile
|Title:||The integration of human relationships in capital development projects: A case study of BSF scheme|
|Author(s):||Doubra Henry Ndoni, (School of Construction and Project Management, University College London, London, UK), Taha M.S. Elhag, (School of Construction and Project Management, University College London, London, UK)|
|Citation:||Doubra Henry Ndoni, Taha M.S. Elhag, (2010) "The integration of human relationships in capital development projects: A case study of BSF scheme", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 3 Iss: 3, pp.479 - 494|
|Keywords:||Construction industry, Innovation, Knowledge transfer, Learning, Networking, Project management|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17538371011056093 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors would like to thank Fionuala McGlynn of Interserve and Leeds Local Education Partnerships, Sally Marsh of Interserve, David Lomas of Barclays Private Equity, Alex Macleod of Leeds Education, Richard Boughey of Education Leeds, the Head Teacher, Elaine Silson, and the Deputy Head Teacher, Heather Scott, of Allerton High School for their support during the research.|
Purpose – Recent work on public private partnerships (PPP)/private finance initiatives (PFI) and on the construction industry has emphasised the importance of knowledge transfer, learning and innovation to improve the working processes and procedures of the industry. However, until recently all three have been researched separately. It is on this basis the research presents a theoretical proposition that “the integration of alliance principles through the formation of collaborative network; innovation, knowledge transfer and organisational learning can be enabled where there is coordination, cohesion, commitment, teamwork, clear vision, monitoring and governance structure for control, risks/reward sharing, efficient and effective communication strategy, learning and knowledge transfer strategy”.
Design/methodology/approach – The theory of social capital, social networks and inter-organisational network was applied based on a network perspective to explain and aid specific attributes of PPP and PFI as a collaborative network to achieve the research objective. A case study research methodology was adopted to investigate the theoretical proposition.
Findings – The findings of this research illustrates that collaborative relationship is a crucial factor in contractual arrangements to enable cost savings, time savings and project quality. In addition, the challenges clients and contractors encounter in integrating innovation are as a result of project scope, project duration, affordability and project procurement strategy. Furthermore, the difficulties of knowledge transfer and learning is as a result of the disconnection between the team that closes the PFI deal and the team that implements the contract.
Originality/value – The paper suggests a network perspective to improve work relationships that helps to achieve predetermined common goals and to enhance project performance.
To purchase this item please login or register.
Complete and print this form to request this document from your librarian