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The Transition from Design-Bid-Build Contracts to Design-Build
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9524-4814
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1746-2637
2019 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose–For a number of years, the construction industry has seen an ongoing shift from design-bid-buildto design-build contracts. This transition in contract type entails changes for both the organizations and theindividuals involved. Consequently, the purpose of this paper is to investigate how the client manages thetransition between the different contract types from an organizational change perspective in a project-ledorganization.

Design/Methodology/Approach–A multiple case study of six infrastructure projects with DBcontracts, all managed by the Swedish Transport Administration, was conducted. The major source of data issemi-structured interviews with respondents from both the client and the contractors.

Findings–Results suggest that the transition has resulted in a mix of design-bid-build and design-build ascontract type owing to issues when changing in a project-led organization. A change in vision also requires aconcomitant change in culture, systems and roles.

Research Limitations/Implications–The study only includes cases from the Swedish transportinfrastructure sector, which limits the generalizability. Thefindings are also indicative owing to the smallnumber of cases.

Practical Implications–Thefindings further our understanding of managing change in complexprojects, which might help practitioners to manage change in a more integrated way.

Originality/Value–Thefindings enrich our understanding of the systemic change that a switch incontract types can have in inter-organizational complex projects such as transport infrastructure projects.Furthermore, it emphasizes the intricate task of change management in project-led organizations and itseffects on roles and responsibilities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 2, p. 213-220
Keywords [en]
Strategic change, Design-build, Design-bid-build, Roles, Responsibility, Infrastructure project, Project-led organization
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Construction Management Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Construction Management and Building Technology; Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74053DOI: 10.1108/S2516-285320190000002054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74053DiVA, id: diva2:1318271
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10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization, 7-8 May 2019, Tallinn, Estonia
Available from: 2019-05-27 Created: 2019-05-27 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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