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Tracing client interests in the course of a project: why are some client interests incorporated whereas others are not?

Kurokawa, M., Schweber, L. and Hughes, W. (2015) Tracing client interests in the course of a project: why are some client interests incorporated whereas others are not? In: 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK, pp. 743-752.

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Abstract/Summary

Many construction professionals and policy-makers would agree that client expectations should be accommodated during a building project. However, this aspiration is not easy to deal with as there may be conflicting interests within a client organization and these may change over time in the course of a project. This research asks why some client interests, and not others, are incorporated into the development of a building project. Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is used to study a single building project on a University campus. The building project is analysed as a number of discussions and negotiations, in which actors persuade each other to choose one solution over another. The analysis traces dynamic client engagement in decision-making processes as available options became increasingly constrained. However, this relative loss of control was countered by clients who continued the control over the timing of participants' involvement, and thus the way to impose their interests even at the later stage of the project.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering > Transition Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy
ID Code:57552
Additional Information:First published in ARCOM proceedings ISBN: 9780955239090

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