Integration, Application and Importance of Collaboration in Sustainable Project Management

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Access full text here:10.3390/su12020585
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Project management, Byggproduktion och teknik, Product Innovation, Produktinnovation, Infrastructure, Maintenance, Business arrangement, Collaboration, Sustainability, Civil Engineering, Övrig annan teknik, Annan teknik, Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified, Other Engineering and Technologies, Byggproduktion, Samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Teknik och teknologier, Construction Management, Construction Management and Building Technology
Publication year: 2020
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructureSDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities
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The need to consider sustainability has substantially increased the complexity of implementing construction and infrastructure projects and new management practices have emerged during the past decade to tackle the global sustainability challenges, where the engagement and coordination of broader competences from stakeholders throughout the supply chain is required. This new project management paradigm has been accompanied by greater attention to the concept of collaborative business arrangements, often called partnering, that has emerged in construction and infrastructure projects to improve project deliveries. However, there are uncertainties about the optimal strategy to foster, integrate and maintain the required collaboration, particularly in sustainable management practices in infrastructure maintenance projects. This paper addresses these uncertainties, based on a single case study of an infrastructure maintenance contract involving an extensive collaborative business arrangement. The findings reveal that different collaborative practices affect diverse aspects of sustainable project management. Further, the extensive collaborative business arrangement has promoted sustainable deliveries based upon organizational learning and continuous improvements. Thus, this study offers an encouraging example of how extensive collaboration can be fostered and play a key role in sustainable project management practices.


Johan Larsson

Luleå tekniska universitet; Industriellt och hållbart byggande
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Lisa Larsson

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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