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Challenging the rhetoric of construction briefing: insights from an Formula 1 sports venue

Hollely, N. M. and Larsen, G. D. (2019) Challenging the rhetoric of construction briefing: insights from an Formula 1 sports venue. In: 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization, 7-8 May 2019, Estonia, pp. 409-417.

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Purpose This research subscribes to the on-going process school of construction project briefing. Stakeholders underrepresented in the literature are engaged with by focussing on Formula 1 motor racing circuits. Attention is given to the rationales through which stakeholders define construction projects at such venues. The aim of this paper is to understand the realities experienced by stakeholders and how these resonate with the rhetoric of briefing literatures. Design/Methodology/Approach A single case-based research approach, encouraged for studying informality and emergence, was used to study a heritage oriented construction project at Silverstone Formula 1 Circuit, UK. Data included field-notes, interviews and strategy documents. Stakeholder interests cannot be directly accessed; however, language used when defining projects can be. Analysis focussed on how project rationales drawn directly from data could be grouped into interpretative repertoires. These repertoires are linguistic resources, drawn upon by stakeholders, formed partly from sets of rationales oriented around a common interest. Findings The priorities given to competing rationales are found to fluctuate through time and depending on audience. Project advocates mobilise these conflicting rationales, from different repertoires, to different audiences simultaneously when strategically defining the heritage project. Discursive definitions emerged during analysis through studying both formal and informal briefing practices. Research Limitations/Implications Conflict among stakeholders with competing agendas during briefing is widely recognised however references to discursivity are currently scant. Practical Implications Coping with discursivity during briefing poses significant challenges for construction professionals. Originality/Value By interpreting strategic briefing as an on-going and discursive process of project definition, researchers and practitioners can better empathise with realities experienced by stakeholders.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
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