Complications arising from poor collaboration are the source of a variety of the construction industry's biggest problems. It is now widely recognized that an effective collaboration strategy based on the implementation of information systems and careful consideration of the wider organizational issues is key to delivering construction projects successfully.
Against a backdrop of rapidly developing communication techologies, and continuing efforts to improve working practices, this book provides clear explanations of how to successfully devise and implement a collaboration strategy.
The concepts introduced include:
Examinations of emerging technologies like mobile and wireless are combined with overviews of relevant management theories, and industry case studies, to provide a comprehensive guide suitable for both practitioners and students. Underpinned by research carried out by leading academics in co-operation with practitioners using the latest technologies, this is the most up-to-date and relevant guide to this crucial subject available. This is essential reading for all practioners and serious students of management in the built environment.
"…an excellent overview of the steps required to achieve collaboration.[…] case studies are particularly helpful in that the book not only presents the success stories, but also presents the challenges associated with collaboration."
– Construction Management and Economics
1. Introduction 2. Collaborative Working – Key Concepts 3. Wireless and Mobile Technologies for Collaboration in Construction 4. Multi Disciplinary Collaborative Design and Construction 5. Planning and Implementation of Collaborative working in Construction 6. Change Management 7. Collaboration Environment in Practice – Case Studies 8. Change Management Framework 9. Concluding Notes