Defining Decisions Points to Avoid Escalation in Construction Projects

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    Conflicts between project stakeholders can stop or damage a construction project as well as
    technical problems. It is not uncommon that projects are stopped or changed late in the process
    with the effect that large amounts of already made investments becomes obsolete. One
    explanation of this phenomena is the escalation of project decisions, where project managers
    persist with a course of actions long beyond the point where it would be sensible to quit or
    change the course. By defining decision points in the project process, time frames for evaluating
    risks, social as well as technical, can be determined. Within in the different time frames, project
    management need to determine how different stakeholders may affect project completion in
    order to set the correct course of actions, at every single decision point, with the main purpose of
    achieving an acceptance for the project from its stakeholders. Thus the main purpose of this
    evaluation is to avoid escalation in project decision-making, due to the lack of knowledge of
    stakeholder demands and conflicts. This paper discusses the phenomenon of escalation and
    presents a hypothetical model how a project management could determine and define these
    decision points, with consideration to risk and stakeholder management. Furthermore this paper
    suggests how a project management team could use these decision points as a tool for
    construction projects to set the right course of action in different stages of the project, due to the
    perceived affect different stakeholders has on project completion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
    EditorsBengt Hansson, Anne Landin
    PublisherDepartment of Construction Management, Lund Institute of Technology
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)91-974618-0-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event3rd Nordic Conference, Construction Economics and Organization, Lund University, 2003 - Lund University
    Duration: 2003 Apr 23 → …


    Conference3rd Nordic Conference, Construction Economics and Organization, Lund University, 2003
    Period2003/04/23 → …

    Subject classification (UKÄ)

    • Construction Management


    • Risk analysis
    • Construction projects
    • Escalation
    • Stakeholder analysis


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