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Journal Cover   Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
   ISSN (Print) 1445-2634 - ISSN (Online) 1837-9133
   Published by University of Technology Sydney Homepage  [7 journals]
  • Guest Editorial: Perspectives on Megaprojects

    • Authors: Willie Tan
      Pages: 1 - 3
      Abstract: Guest Editor: Willie Tan, National University of Singapore
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Developing Routines in Large Inter-organisational Projects: A Case Study
           of an Infrastructure Megaproject

    • Authors: Therese Eriksson
      Pages: 4 - 18
      Abstract: General management research has increasingly recognised the significance of routines in organisational performance. Among organisational tasks, megaprojects depend more on routines selected and created within the project than standard, small-scale projects do, owing largely to their size, duration, and uniqueness. Within this context, the present paper investigates how project routines were established and developed during the early design phase of an inter-organisational megaproject. A case study of a large public infrastructure project was conducted, in which data were collected during observations, semi-structured interviews, and project document studies over the course of three years. Results of analysis revealed that the client exerted the greatest impact on choice of routines and that the temporary nature of tasks limited efforts to fine-tune routines. Changes in routines were primarily reactive to new knowledge concerning project needs. The findings suggest that meta-routines to consciously review routines should be used to a greater extent and designed to capture supplier experiences as well. 
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Organizational Network Evolution and Governance Strategies in Megaprojects

    • Authors: Yujie Lu, Yongkui Li, Da Pang, Yunxia Zhang
      Pages: 19 - 33
      Abstract: The organization is the key factor for megaprojects in which thousands of connections and relations intertwine and influence the project performance. However, organizational evolution in megaprojects has not been fully studied. This study investigates the evolution of the organizational network of a megaproject in China using social network analysis (SNA), and then proposes corresponding governance strategies. The result shows that megaproject organizations evolve towards more connected networks but are differentiated for various investors. For government invested projects, the organizational network is well connected, cooperative, yet unstable and require strategic long-term governance policies; for private invested projects, the network is stable, but collaboration among participants is low, which indicates a need to establish collaborative governance structures. The result complements the organizational evolution theory for megaprojects and offers effective strategies for governing megaproject organizations. This study also helps practitioners better understand the nature and characteristics of megaproject organizations. 
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Efficiency Analysis of Project Management Offices for Large-scale
           Information System Projects: Insights for Construction Megaprojects

    • Authors: Joong-Hoon Ko, Sung-Hun Park, Dae-Cheol Kim
      Pages: 34 - 47
      Abstract: In this study, the efficiencies of Project Management Offices (PMOs) in large-scale information system (IS) projects are addressed by using data envelopment analysis. Moreover, the potential improvement levels for each input and output factors of inefficient PMOs are examined. The effects of performance levels of PMO functions on project outcomes with respect to efficiency levels are also analyzed. A total of forty-nine PMOs are analyzed for this study. The result shows that twenty-four PMOs are found to be efficient. As a result of analyzing the impact of efficiency on project performance depending on the functional levels of PMOs, those groups with a high degree of efficiency show higher outcomes compared with the groups with a low degree of efficiency regardless of the functional levels of PMOs. Furthermore, the gap in outcome between the groups with a high degree of efficiency and the groups with a low degree of efficiency is maintained at almost the same level, regardless of the functional levels of PMOs, with the exception of the case of practice management. This indicates that even those groups with a low degree of efficiency could expect high outcomes in terms of schedule and cost compliance if their level of practice management is high.
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Understanding Megaproject Success beyond the Project Close-Out Stage

    • Authors: Johan Fahri, Christopher Biesenthal, Julien Pollack, Shankar Sankaran
      Pages: 48 - 58
      Abstract: Project success has always been an important topic in the project management literature. One of the main discussions is concerned with how a project’s success is evaluated and what factors lead to achieving this success. Traditionally project success has been measured at the point where the project outputs are handed over, after the close out phase. Recently, questions have been raised in the literature as to whether we should be evaluating project success beyond the close out phase, to better account for organizational and societal outcomes.  However, not much has been published about how the long term impacts and outcomes are measured. This is of particular concern in megaprojects as they often attract a high level of public attention and political interest, and have both direct and indirect impacts on the community, environment, and national budgets. In this paper the authors review success factors and criteria that are applicable to projects in general and megaprojects in particular. They identify the significance of evaluating outcomes and impact and propose an ex-post project evaluation (EPPE) framework for megaprojects.
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • The Culture of Construction Organisations: the Epitome of
           Institutionalised Corruption

    • Authors: Andrew Oyen Arewa, Peter Farrell
      Pages: 59 - 71
      Abstract: The culture of an organisation is a vital element of business competency that must align with its strategic goals, and enhance peoples’ perceptions, feelings and behaviour in adapting to the world around them. Organisational culture may also bring about negative practices such as dishonesty and unethical behaviours. Recently the culture of some construction organisations has been called into question. For example, major construction projects around the globe have become involved in allegations of fraud and corruption. The cost is currently estimated at US$860 billion globally; with forecasts that it may rise to US$1.5 trillion by 2025. Hitherto the role of the culture of construction organisations in fraud and corruption activities has been largely hidden. The study aim is to establish whether the culture of construction organisations promotes corrupt practices in the UK construction and infrastructure sector. The study employed mixed research methods with interviews supported by a questionnaire and an examination of five case studies in different countries. Findings show that the culture of construction organisations together with the nature of the industry promotes fraud and corruption. The study subsequently highlights key cultural factors that support fraud and corruption in a way that is almost institutionalised.  
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Building Information Modelling and Standardised Construction Contracts: a
           Content Analysis of the GC21 Contract

    • Authors: Aaron Manderson, Marcus Jefferies, Graham Brewer
      Pages: 72 - 84
      Abstract: Building Information Modelling (BIM) is seen as a panacea to many of the ills confronting the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. In spite of its well documented benefits the widespread integration of BIM into the project lifecycle is yet to occur. One commonly identified barrier to BIM adoption is the perceived legal risks associated with its integration, coupled with the need for implementation in a collaborative environment. Many existing standardised contracts used in the Australian AEC industry were drafted before the emergence of BIM. As BIM continues to become ingrained in the delivery process the shortcomings of these existing contracts have become apparent. This paper reports on a study that reviewed and consolidated the contractual and legal concerns associated with BIM implementation. The findings of the review were used to conduct a qualitative content analysis of the GC21 2nd edition, an Australian standardised construction contract, to identify possible changes to facilitate the implementation of BIM in a collaborative environment. The findings identified a number of changes including the need to adopt a collaborative contract structure with equitable risk and reward mechanisms, recognition of the model as a contract document and the need for standardisation of communication/information exchange. 
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Drivers of Productivity: a Case Study of the Australian Construction

    • Authors: Will Chancellor
      Pages: 85 - 97
      Abstract: Australian construction productivity has grown slowly since 1985 and remains arguably stagnant. The importance of this study is therefore to examine several factors through to be drivers of construction productivity and to understand possible avenues for improvement. The drivers tested are research and development, apprentices, wage growth, unionisation and safety regulation. Expenditure on research and development and the number of apprentices were found to be drivers of productivity growth in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. These findings are important because collectively, these three states account for a majority of construction activity in Australia.
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Measuring Construction: Prices, Output and Productivity

    • Pages: 98 - 99
      Abstract: Best, R. and Meikle, J. (eds), 2015. Measuring Construction: Prices, Output and Productivity. Routledge, London. 262 pp. ISBN (hbk): 978-0-415-65937-6, ISBN (ebk): 978-1-315-88292-5. Hardback: US$155.00, GBP 95.00.
      PubDate: 2015-08-31
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 3 (2015)
  • Book Review: Leadership and Sustainability in the Built Environment

    • Authors: Abbas Elmualim
      Pages: 102 - 103
      Abstract: Leadership and Sustainability in the Built EnvironmentOpoku, A. and Ahmed, V. (ed.), 2015. Leadership and Sustainability in the Built Environment. Routledge, London. ISBN (hbk): 978-1-13-877842-9, Hardback: $155.00.
      PubDate: 2015-06-01
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 2 (2015)
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