A conceptual model for evaluating infrastructure-based temporary multi-organisations

B.O. Awuzie (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
P. McDermott (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Publication date: 2 February 2015



The absence of an effective model for conceptualising and evaluating the interorganisational relationships within infrastructure delivery systems has been blamed for the seeming inability of implementation analysts to discover the causes of implementation gaps (disjuncture) experienced within such systems. This is particularly so in emerging economies where successive governments are trying to deliver socio-economic benefits to their citizenry through investments in infrastructure. The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual model with such capabilities based upon the diagnostic principles of a base model-the Viable Systems Model (VSM) to bridge this identified gap.


In this qualitative study, two stages of data collection were applied at various stages of the study namely; asynchronous online discussion forums and structured interviews. Whereas the first set was used to determine the suitability of the tenets of the VSM in understanding the IDS, the latter was used to validate the emergent model. Data obtained from these processes were qualitatively analysed.


It was discovered that the VSM could also be applicable to TMOs and not just permanent organisations. This enabled these tenets to be applied in the development of a model for conceptualising and evaluating the relationships within the implementation cycle.

Research limitations/implications

The emergent model-VIDM – would avail policy analysts in emerging economies with a tool for carrying out proper implementation analysis during policy implementation cycles and not just afterwards, particularly as it concerns infrastructure delivery processes.


This paper satisfies all the tenets of originality as it has not been previously published and all the ideas from other studies have been duly referenced.



Awuzie, B.O. and McDermott, P. (2015), "A conceptual model for evaluating infrastructure-based temporary multi-organisations", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 103-120. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-10-2013-0052



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