Supporting media diversity: Nordic lessons
This report examines how Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have been able to cultivate a diverse media landscape, and how the lessons learned from doing so could inform the Albanese Government’s strategy on reforming Australia’s media.
Successful public policy in the Nordic countries
Through public policies, governments have enormous potential to shape the lives of their citizens. This publication contains a number of stories of iconic public policies that 'worked', that delivered public value, received broad political and public support, and have remained viable for decades.
Democratic innovation and digital participation
This report sets out the need for democratic innovations and digital participation tools to move beyond one-off pilots toward more embedded and inclusive systems of decision-making.
Homes for people: how Nordic policies can improve Australia’s housing affordability
Australia’s housing affordability crisis results from an over-reliance on just two options – private home ownership and private renting. To tackle it, a wider repertoire of policies is required. This report brings together three essays from writers with knowledge of Australian and Nordic social policy...
The Fossil Fuelled 5: comparing rhetoric with reality on fossil fuels and climate change
This paper compares the climate commitments of the 'Fossil Fuelled 5' with their future fossil fuel production plans and finds that there is an alarming gap between what they are pledging to do to reduce their domestic emissions and their plans to expand fossil fuel...
Fact Check: Gina Rinehart says polar bear numbers have increased.
In a video made by Gina Rinehart to mark the 125th anniversary of her Perth alma mater, the mining magnate claimed polar bear numbers have increased. Verdict: Mrs Rinehart's claim doesn't check out.
Implementation of Last Planner System in an infrastructure project
Since the establishment of the Last Planner System (LPS) by Ballard and Howell, multiple studies have been conducted to evaluate the implementation of LPS in many construction projects. This study investigates the implementation of LPS in an infrastructure project (Minnevika Bridge project), to detect the...
Divergent beliefs about productivity despite concurrent engineering and pull planning: a case study
Increased productivity is one of the benefits expected when design work in construction is carried out as concurrent engineering using techniques as pull planning. The purpose of this paper is to discuss whether the collaborative work processes concurrent engineering and pull planning ensure a homogeneous...
The power of lean principles
This article wants to support and emphasise the importance of lean principles as rules of living but believes in taking the power of the lean principles one step further. If a lean organisation, project or leader explicitly confronts each other with the principles, this empowers...
Best value procurement: experiences from the execution phase
Best value procurement (BVP) is one of the approaches for early contractor involvement (ECI) in public construction projects. This study has developed important measures and improvements for how to practice BVP in the Norwegian construction industry, and is among the first to document experiences from...
Building and sustaining a culture with a mindset for disruptive performance
In this case study from the building industry we present a framework for, and experiences with building and sustaining an organizational culture to create teams with a collaborative mindset for disruptive performance driven by extraordinary ambitions.
Comparing lean construction with experiences from partnering and design-build construction projects in Norway
While the construction industry has long been known for conflicts and adversarial behavior, there are different delivery methods and approaches that have been developed to overcome these shortfalls. This paper aims to compare Design-Build (DB) and partnering through the lens of the lean construction approach.
Application of BIM design manuals: a case study
A problem often encountered by contractors is that the information provided is not always equal to the information needed in the Building Information Model (BIM). This applied research showed that design manuals should reflect new project delivery methods to support lean principles for all parties...
The introduction of AI in the construction industry and its impact on human behavior
The purpose of this paper is to illuminate how the construction industry can close the gap between the potential benefits and the harvested benefits of implementation of artificial intelligence (AI). The experiences established through this research indicate that it is possible to gain experience from...
Best value procurement from a contractor point of view
Best Value Procurement (BVP) was introduced in Norway in 2016. BVP has contributed, to a certain extent, to Lean implementation. However, the practice should be improved to increase value and transparency and minimize conflict and waste.
Planning the BIM process in AEC projects
The architectural, engineering and construction industry (AEC Industry) needs to focus on the early design phases. The use of Lean Design Management and Building Information Model (BIM) can be used together for reducing uncertainty and improve communication.
Questionable practice in the processing of building permits in Norway
Authorities claim the risk of corruption associated with the processing of building permits in Norway is more obvious than before. This study investigates the size of the opportunity space for questionable practice in the processing of building permits.
Driving Norse: electric vehicle policies in Norway
In Norway, the number of new car registrations that are EVs is now over 50%. Norway’s success has been driven by government leadership, creating a policy environment to drive a large-scale and sustainable shift to EV use. There are lessons here for Australia.
Flexible pensions and labor force withdrawal
This paper studies the effect on the labor supply decisions of senior workers of reducing the eligibility age of retirement combined with actuarial neutrality, based on one particular group of private sector workers.
Skatt: treasure and tax in the Nordic countries
Tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society. This paper explores the lessons Australia could learn from Nordic countries, such as Norway, in providing leadership for revenue raising options in Australia.
Indigenous self-determination in Northern Canada and Norway
This paper argues that although the Inuit and the Sámi continue to face inertia and resistance to change from non-Indigenous governments at all levels, continuing the development of robust and effective institutions of self-rule and shared rule is critical to the success of Indigenous self-determination...
Global review of diversity and inclusion in business innovation
This report reviews global efforts to drive diversity and inclusion in business innovation, examining Estonia, Finland, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the UK and the USA.
IPD in Norway
As projects become more complex and uncertain, the challenge of increasing productivity and improving project outcome becomes greater. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) seeks to improve project performance through a high level of collaboration between key participants. Although IPD is a well-known delivery model, only a...
Transformation from design-bid-build to design-build contracts in road construction
This article was triggered by a public client opting to change contracting strategy on a pre-designed 4-lane motorway project from design-bid-build to design-build contract. The goal for the client is to build roads cheaper and faster with the greatest possible economic benefits for society. In...
Factors affecting implementation of lean construction
Research has shown advantages an organization can obtain by implementing lean methodology. However, when implementing new philosophies like Lean Construction, there are always some challenges to overcome. Examples could be lack of basic knowledge about the theory/philosophy behind lean, lack of willingness to change, implementation...