Consensus building in the pre-design phase of building projects

Marko Keinänen, Ulrika Uotila, Jaakko Sorri, Olli Teriö, Kalle Kähkönen

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    Building projects are unique manoeuvres in which numerous participants who possess different skills work together to complete various tasks. Working processes vary in complexity from simple to very complex. Although the building construction sector has traditional ways of structuring projects, project management professionals are continuously seek new process models and ways to cooperate between people and project participants. This paper focuses on processes in the pre-planning phase of a building project and is based on exploratory study where the conceptual and empirical literature about construction processes and decision-making were reviewed. Over thirty existent models were identified and thirteen of these models, which take a decision making into account, were more closely studied. In addition, decision-making models in other fields were surveyed. Using a hermeneutic cycle approach, the aim of this paper is to investigate a preferable model for the pre-planning phase of construction projects that can produce the main objectives, which is to best serve the end user and the project as a whole. As a final result a new model in the case of the pre-design phase of the building process is introduced and discussed. This paper asks what we have learnt from these foci.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWBC16 Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016 Volume II
    Subtitle of host publicationEnvironmental Opportunties and challenges, Constructing commitment and acknowledging human experiences
    EditorsMatthijs Prins, Hans Wamelink, Bob Giddings, Kihong Ku, Manon Feenstra
    PublisherTampere University of Technology. Department of Civil Engineering
    Number of pages12
    VolumeVolume II
    ISBN (Electronic)978-952-15-3741-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

    Publication series

    NameTampere University of Technology. Department of Civil Engineering. Construction Management and Economics.
    ISSN (Print)1797-8904


    Period1/01/00 → …


    • consensus building, target setting, decision-making, construction project management, pre-design phase

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