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Paper info: Exploring the introduction of a new actor role in a construction project setting

Title


Exploring the introduction of a new actor role in a construction project setting

Authors


Andreas Ekeskar

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 35th IMP-conference in Paris, France in 2019.

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Abstract


The construction industry is a complex industry in which all activities occur in projects. Construction projects are by their definition temporary and inter-organizational with a multitude of different actors working together. The work is done through several sequential and parallel processes that need to be coordinated throughout the entire project lifecycle. This has been seen as presenting a challenge for innovation and change within the construction industry, which has been characterized as conservative and reluctant to change. To improve innovation and inter-organizational integration, the construction industry has seen an increased use of collaborative efforts to support efficient production, to improve safety, reduce environmental impact and implementing third-party logistics (TPL). Introducing a new actor, a TPL provider, challenges the traditional project setting and how construction work traditionally has been performed. The general aim of this study is to explore the effects of a new actor in a traditional project setup and to better understand how relationships evolve with innovation in temporary networks.