Validation of an instrument to measure governance and performance on collaborative infrastructure projects

Chen, Le & Manley, Karen (2014) Validation of an instrument to measure governance and performance on collaborative infrastructure projects. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 140(5).

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Collaborative infrastructure projects use hybrid formal and informal governance structures to manage transactions. Based on previous desk-top research, the authors identified the key mechanisms underlying project governance, and posited the performance implications of the governance (Chen et al. 2012). The current paper extends that qualitative research by testing the veracity of those findings using data from 320 Australian construction organisations. The results provide, for the first time, reliable and valid scales to measure governance and performance of collaborative projects, and the relationship between them. The results confirm seven of seven hypothesised governance mechanisms; 30 of 43 hypothesised underlying actions; eight of eight hypothesised key performance indicators; and the dual importance of formal and informal governance. A startling finding of the study was that the implementation intensity of informal mechanisms (non-contractual conditions) is a greater predictor of project performance variance than that of formal mechanisms (contractual conditions). Further, contractual conditions do not directly impact project performance; instead their impact is mediated by the non-contractual features of a project. Obligations established under the contract are not sufficient to optimise project performance.

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ID Code: 66871
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Procurement, Partnerships, Australia, Construction, Collaborative project, Project governance, Value for money, Project performance
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000834
ISSN: 0733-9364
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2014 22:13
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 01:36

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