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Different objectives and various views on the early design process in real estate development
KTH, Superseded Departments, Industrial Economics and Management.
2004 (English)In: International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications, ISSN 0146-6518, Vol. 28, no 3, 201-213 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Business success is often connected to continuous improvement concerning factors such as quality, time and cost. In the Swedish construction sector, including housing, there is a need to improve quality, as well as shorten lead times and lower costs. A recently conducted case study in Stockholm points to differences, as well as similarities, between how various actors describe the early design process in real estate development. The actors' descriptions include the objectives for the work and views on customer value, which here is directly connected to quality. The actors in the study can be divided mainly into two separate groups: architects and project managers. The majority of the project managers are engineers. Architects and engineers are two different occupational groups for which the knowledge base has been formed during their education and practical training, i.e. the exercise of their profession. These differences affect how they prefer to work, including how they cooperate with others and which expressed (and non-expressed) objectives and interests are considered during the process. A different knowledge base is probably the main reason for the differences and discrepancies found in the study. The results point at possible improvements according to organizational issues in addition to those connected to the structure of decision-making for housing development.

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2004. Vol. 28, no 3, 201-213 p.
Keyword [en]
Cost, Decision making, Design, Organization, Quality, Time, Construction industry, Cost effectiveness, Engineers, Industrial relations, Managers, Project management, Quality control, Architects, Housing development, Organizational groups, Real estate development, Housing
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-156942ScopusID: 2-s2.0-6344223198OAI: diva2:768913

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