Improving Productivity through Alliance Implementation between Contractors

Heikura, Harri and Kiviniemi, Arto ORCID: 0000-0001-6570-0188
Improving Productivity through Alliance Implementation between Contractors. In: 5D Conference 2015, 2015-5 - 2015-5, Constance, Germany. (Submitted)

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The main purpose of this research was to analyze the adaptability of alliance model in unusual environments involving small project size, renovation instead of new construction, and implementing an alliance model between a main contractor and four subcontractors. The implementation was observed from the perspective of improving productivity. Both adaptability and implementation were based on three cornerstones: commercial framework, organization and production systems. The need to develop the alliance model in an unusual environment was discovered after identifying current contracting gaps and potential solutions in a previous literature study, as well as employing the results of a Master of Science thesis focusing on “the adaptability of alliance model in plumbing renovation projects”. The empirical research was based on two alliance projects managed by Fira Palvelut. Alliance was found to be well adapted for all three cornerstones, and it can be implemented in tested environment, although this research cannot present hard facts about the improvement of productivity. However, the conclusion of this research points out that the key factor in improving productivity is creating a team culture, which has been developing successfully in these projects compared to the current traditional subcontracting culture. A research of implementing the alliance model between contractors is very rare as most studies focus on alliance models which include stakeholders and engineers, or they suggest project partnership as a new relational way of contracting. Observing these unusual projects implementing a holistic relational contracting model improves understanding about the width of change needed in the field of contracting, and the effect team culture has on achieving improved productivity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Date: 2015-02-27 (submitted)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2015 10:33
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 01:34