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Strategy: to consult, inform or simply wing it?

Malcolm Garrow, Executive Director, Consulting at Social Ventures Australia explores the importance of being intentional about who to engage in the strategy development process, and offers guidance on how to do it well.
Conference paper

Behavior-based quality, case study of closing the knowing-doing gap

This is a case study of a large US general contractor’s efforts to rethink and implement a new behavior-based approach to quality to achieve zero errors, zero defects, zero rework, and zero surprises. Recognition of upstream behaviors that resulted in quality issues and unpredictable results...
Conference paper

Value for whom?

Designing, building and optimising projects as production systems producing value can be said to be the aim of construction management from an engineering perspective. However, the question is whose value are we optimising the system for? The lean philosophy tells we should deliver value to...
Conference paper

Innovation in the New Zealand construction industry - Diffusion of the Last Planner System

Globally, the development, diffusion, and adoption of innovation within the construction industry has been shown to occur at significantly slower rates than other industries. This is due to a number of complexities which define the construction industry itself. One particular innovation which appears to be...
Conference paper

A lean perspective of stakeholder integration in public private partnerships

The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is the party representing the private sector in a Public Private Partnership (PPP), and combines a number of stakeholders including equity shareholders, designers, contractors, and service providers under one umbrella. Consequently, the key to ensuring successful project delivery is achieving...
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Quantifying stakeholders’ influence on energy efficiency of housing: development and application of a four-step methodology

Identifying stakeholders’ influence on project outcomes, prioritizing their importance and managing their interests accordingly is an effective strategy for maximizing benefits for organizations. Quantifying human influence on buildings’ energy efficiency can help future researchers and housing industry stakeholders in integrating the human aspect with technological...
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Comparative study on the ethical perceptions of contractors and designers in the China construction industry

This research has investigated the ethical perceptions of contractors and designers in the China construction industry. The top three serious ethical issues in the industry are 'Bribery and corruption', 'Failure to practice whistle-blowing' and 'Improper bidding practices'.
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Counterfeit, fraudulent and sub-standard materials: the case of steel in Norway

This study examined the presence of counterfeited, fraudulent and substandard (CFS) materials in the Norwegian construction industry and the characteristics of the construction industry that render it vulnerable. The interviewees believed that the industry is vulnerable because it is easily accessible for temporary and dishonest...
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Ethical dilemmas in value delivery: theoretical conditions

This paper examines fundamental reasons for ethical dilemmas occurring in the context of value delivery in construction projects and provides a theoretical framework to form the basis for future empirical research on ethical issues related to value delivery to customers, broadly defined.
Conference paper

Strategies that can help transform the construction industry

This paper is an appeal to the various stakeholders committed to lean transformation of global construction to coordinate their efforts, and to recruit others not yet committed. Both opponents and advocates of industry transformation are identified; those who live off the waste are in one...
Conference paper

Design thinking as a method of improving communication efficacy

Construction projects can be framed as a network commitments as defined by Linguistic Action Theory. With each project, varied requirements, designs, stakeholders, personalities, and countless other factors create new, indeterminate sets of issues whose resolution will be unique and determined by the linguistic actions of...
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Prevention of collusion for innovative construction

In order to ensure healthy competition and alliance among construction stakeholders, this study assessed various measures that can be adopted to minimize or eliminate the practice of collusion in the construction industry.
Conference paper

Using an urban sustainability assessment framework to support policy-making at a neighbourhood level

This paper describes an urban sustainability assessment framework first presented at SOAC 2011 and explores its use with practitioners on a real-world case study in Logan City, Queensland. The focus of the paper is on how such frameworks may be applied in Australian planning practice...
Conference paper

Public involvement online: planning meets Facebook and Twitter

This paper evaluates how these two social media platforms are used to inform or consult with different stakeholders and the public, and if used how, they can be true participation tools. An analysis of the literature and discourse relevant to both public involvement and social...
Conference paper

Policy, planning and financing options for affordable housing in Melbourne

This paper draws on eight interviews conducted with housing and investment stakeholders in Melbourne currently involved in affordable housing, or with potential for such involvement.
Conference paper

Urban consolidation in Melbourne: a case study of the Monash employment cluster

This paper aims to discover why urban consolidation in Melbourne has been implemented with difficulties and thus progressed at a slow pace, by analysing the key stakeholders’ perception of the planning and development processes and their responses to the perceived issues.
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Planning reform, interest group participation and influence: the case of New South Wales

This paper examines the issue of stakeholders and interest groups during the planning policy-making process, with reference to recent planning reforms in the state of New South Wales (NSW).
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Prioritising public transport policy goals in Auckland

This paper uses Q-methodology to explore stakeholders’ preferences for public transport development in the city.
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Partnerships for affordable housing: lessons from Melbourne, Portland, Vancouver and Toronto

This paper examines how key actors in the affordable housing industry work together in affordable housing partnerships.
Journal article

Integrating ISO 21500 guidance on project management, Lean construction and PMBOK

This paper develops a proposal for the combination of the Standard ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management and the Project & Construction Management Systems, with emphasis in their integration with the PMBOK and the Lean Construction philosophy.