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Infrastructure transitions toward sustainability : a complex adaptive systems perspective

Kerry, Brown, Furneaux, Craig W., & Gudmundsson, Amanda (2012) Infrastructure transitions toward sustainability : a complex adaptive systems perspective. International Journal of Sustainable Development, 15(1/2), pp. 54-70.

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Abstract

To ensure infrastructure assets are procured and maintained by government on behalf of citizens, appropriate policy and institutional architecture is needed, particularly if a fundamental shift to more sustainable infrastructure is the goal. The shift in recent years from competitive and resource-intensive procurement to more collaborative and sustainable approaches to infrastructure governance is considered a major transition in infrastructure procurement systems. In order to better understand this transition in infrastructure procurement arrangements, the concept of emergence from Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) theory is offered as a key construct. Emergence holds that micro interactions can result in emergent macro order. Applying the concept of emergence to infrastructure procurement, this research examines how interaction of agents in individual projects can result in different industry structural characteristics. The paper concludes that CAS theory, and particularly the concept of ‘emergence’, provides a useful construct to understand infrastructure procurement dynamics and progress towards sustainability.

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ID Code: 49242
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Sustainable Infrastructure, Engineering Asset Management, Infrastructure Delivery, Procurement, Complex Adaptive Systems Theory
DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2012.044034
ISSN: 0960-1406
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Past > Schools > Brisbane Graduate School of Business
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 InderScience Publishers.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2012 09:23
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2013 16:17

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