The purpose of this paper is to explore innovation in alliance contracting in the New Zealand construction industry in terms of features (i.e. development process, risk/reward framework and leadership structure) that could influence successful project outcomes.
This study employed a qualitative research methodology. Three alliancing projects have been identified as the cases. By using interviews with the project’s owner and non-owner participants and related project documentation, the relevant features in the three examined cases were identified and compared.
The findings revealed differences in the reasoning why a particular alliance approach was implemented, how the alliance selection process was conducted and what kind of leadership structure was adopted. Interestingly, a number of unique and innovative practices to alliancing were also highlighted, notably the innovative agreements, innovative governance structure and innovative functional teams that influence the synergistically creative solutions to suit the clients’ needs.
The innovative practices identified in this study have brought the alliancing concept to a new level of practice in the industry. The findings provide a basis and a platform for discussion, both nationally and internationally, to gain greater understanding in managing different alliance contracting towards breakthrough outcomes.
This study extends the alliancing procurement literature, in particular, but also provides significant insights into innovative advancements to the collaborative procurement approaches.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the Ministry of Higher Education and Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand for providing funding to support this research study.
Che Ibrahim, C., Costello, S., Wilkinson, S. and Walker, D. (2017), "Innovation in alliancing for improved delivery of road infrastructure projects", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 700-720. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-11-2016-0088Download as .RIS
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