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Improving collaboration in construction: an opportunity for action research

Connaughton, J. and Weller, S. (2013) Improving collaboration in construction: an opportunity for action research. In: Smith, S. D. and Ahiaga-Dagbui, D. D. (eds.) Proceedings 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2013, Reading, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Reading, pp. 1125-1134. ISBN 9780955239076

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One perceived constraint to more effective collaborative working in UK construction is the current practice whereby individual team members each insure for their respective liabilities. It is argued that this promotes risk avoidance and other non-collaborative behaviour among them. An innovative form of insurance, called Integrated Project Insurance (IPI), promises to help alleviate these constraints by insuring the design and construction team as a whole. An Action Research (AR) project is currently being designed to support the development and implementation of key IPI features on a live construction project from 2013 to 2016, with a focus on improving collaborative working among team members. This paper provides a critical review of AR with a particular focus on its recent application in construction research. It seeks to build on previous studies by introducing the key features of a proposed AR approach in terms of their methodological basis, the roles of participants and the nature of AR ‘interventions’ occurring over time.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:69029
Uncontrolled Keywords:action research, research methods, collaboration, project insurance
Publisher:Association of Researchers in Construction Management


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