How do construction firms learn on collaborative infrastructure projects?
Chen, Le & Manley, Karen (2016) How do construction firms learn on collaborative infrastructure projects? In Jefferies, Marcus C. & Rowlinson, Steve (Eds.) New Forms of Procurement: PPP and Relational Contracting in the 21st Century. Routledge, London & New York, pp. 117-134.
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Construction firms that employ collaborative procurement approaches develop operating routines through joint learning so as to improve infrastructure project performance. This paper reports a study based on a survey sample of 320 construction practitioners which were involved in collaborative infrastructure delivery in Australia. The study developed valid and reliable scales for measuring collaborative learning capability (CLC), and used the scales to evaluate the CLC of contractor and consultant firms within the sample. The evaluation suggests that whilst these firms explore knowledge from both internal and external sources, transform both explicit and tacit knowledge, and apply and internalise new knowledge, they can improve the extent to which these routines are applied to optimise project performance.
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