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Integrated project delivery as an enabler for collaboration: a Middle East perspective

Farook Hamzeh (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
Farid Rached (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
Youssef Hraoui (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
Antoine Joseph Karam (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
Zeina Malaeb (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
Mounir El Asmar (School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA)
Yara Abbas (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 13 February 2019

Issue publication date: 5 July 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

This study investigates the extent to which the popular forms of contract adopted in the Middle East (ME) address collaboration. The purpose of this paper is to assess how collaboration features weaved into the construct of integrated project delivery (IPD) may impact projects in the ME. In this context, the study identifies features in IPD and existing delivery methods that may enable or inhibit collaboration and evaluates their impact on project success from the perspective of various contract managers in the ME.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employs structured face-to-face interviews with 41 construction industry practitioners in top contract management positions in the ME to evaluate the significance of collaboration features in IPD. Data collected from the structured interviews/surveys were analyzed using statistical tools in R and Excel.

Findings

Results reveal that while experts recognize the collaboration benefits which IPD features may contribute to a project, the current contractual environment of the industry does not optimally encompass these features. The current status of project delivery does not favor IPD implementation nor does it enable its collaborative features.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the growing international body of knowledge addressing the application of collaborative contracts in construction projects, and it is innovative in evaluating collaboration features within IPD and exiting project deliveries in the ME.

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Citation

Hamzeh, F., Rached, F., Hraoui, Y., Karam, A.J., Malaeb, Z., El Asmar, M. and Abbas, Y. (2019), "Integrated project delivery as an enabler for collaboration: a Middle East perspective", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 334-347. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-05-2018-0084

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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