A dream of ideal project delivery system

Rahman Azari-Najafabadi, Glenn Ballard, Seongkyun Cho, Yong Woo Kim

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


Selecting a project delivery system is widely understood to be part of the project definition phase. That selection is made from a finite set of alternative contract and phase structures; e.g., design-bid-build or design-build. In this paper, we explore two alternatives to the received wisdom; namely, 1) project delivery systems are products of design, not simple selection, and 2) for best outcomes, project delivery systems are designed to align interests, integrate specialists organizationally, and to be executed using a Management-By-Means philosophy. We argue that these features of project delivery systems are the more needed as projects become more complex and uncertain. We further explore the limits of design on complex, uncertain projects, and the need for in-process management that is nimble and opportunistic. Case studies are advanced in explanation and as evidence for our claims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAEI 2011
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Integrated Solutions - Proceedings of the AEI 2011 Conference
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
EventAEI 2011: Building Integrated Solutions - Oakland, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 30 2011Apr 2 2011

Publication series

NameAEI 2011: Building Integrated Solutions - Proceedings of the AEI 2011 Conference


OtherAEI 2011: Building Integrated Solutions
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOakland, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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