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|Title: ||Critical success factors in collaborative multi-disciplinary design projects|
|Authors: ||Koutsikouri, Dina|
Austin, Simon A.
Dainty, Andrew R.J.
|Keywords: ||Construction management|
Critical success factors
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Publisher: ||© Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Citation: ||KOUTSIKOURI, D., AUSTIN, S.A. and DAINTY, A.R.J., 2008. Critical success factors in collaborative multi-disciplinary. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 6 (3), pp. 198 - 226|
|Abstract: ||Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore critical success factors (CSFs) in
interdisciplinary building design projects from the view point of the project members
themselves. While there is a plethora of research on CSFs, there is a paucity of studies that
examine CSFs within this unique project context.
Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured interviews, a survey and facilitated
workshops were used to identify factors and their interrelationships within the project context.
Findings –Thirty one primary CSFs were distilled which were then further grouped into four
interdependent group factors: management factors, design team factors, competencies and
resources factors and project enablers. It would appear that there are factors that are particularly
important in such project environments, which do not figure strongly in other project
environments. These factors are related to the socio-political dynamics of inter-disciplinary team
work such as passion and enthusiasm, shared values, creativity and innovation and represent so
called ‘super soft factors’ which reflect personal success and its importance in achieving positive
Research limitations/implications – Although there has been significant research on critical
success factors (CSF) in construction projects, little attention has been paid to those which are
related to the collaborative design phase of such projects.
Practical implications – The results suggest that it is worthwhile for managers in construction
related organisations and beyond to recognise the interdependencies which exist between the
project context, processes and the project members’ experience and affinity to the project and the
team itself in project work to achieve desired outcomes.
Originality/value – This paper extends the CSF literature by identifying the nature of the
primary factors and their interrelationships which influence project outcomes in collaborative
|Description: ||This article was published in the Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology [© Emerald]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/17260530810918243|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Civil and Building Engineering)|
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