Value mapping for urban infrastructure projects: mapping project outcomes to corporate objectives
Kraatz, Judy A., Kajewski, Stephen L., & Manley, Karen (2008) Value mapping for urban infrastructure projects: mapping project outcomes to corporate objectives. In Carter, Kate, Ogunlana, Stephen, & Kaka, Ammar (Eds.) Transformation through Construction, 15-17 November 2008, Dubai.
Current research, in conjunction with the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (Australia), is investigating the role of greater corporate responsibility in the provision of urban infrastructure projects. This paper reports on doctoral research which is enabling project teams to better identify and align project objectives with corporate objectives, thus assisting in managing future risk and possible ecological and social harm.
The research methodology in use is based on Checkland's soft system methodology, engaging in action-research with Brisbane City Council (Australia) on three case study projects. Key findings of the collaborative case studies include:
• Linking project objectives to corporate objectives provides greater decision-making transparency; increased rigor in establishing objectives; and greater awareness of project opportunities.
• Using an iterative process to identify the project's stakeholder footprint and accountabilities, at the pre-feasibility phase, can better inform the subsequent project phases.
• Developing project indicators, measureables and targets, linked to corporate objectives can enhance decision-making transparency and communication.
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