Critical Success Factors Of Partnering In The Building Design Process

Sevgi Zeynep DOĞAN, Pınar KILIÇ ÇALĞICI, David ARDITI, Hüsnü Murat GÜNAYDIN


Ineffective partnering in the construction industry yields design iterations and costly changes in the management of building projects.The effects of partnering are widely discussed in the context of the construction phase of a building project, but rarely considered in the design phase. Considering the multidisciplinary and collaborative character of the building design process, systematic and in-depth research that examines the nature, efficacy and feasibility of partnering in the design phase is required. Thisstudy focuses on exploring the critical success factors of partnering in building design from the perspective of architects. A questionnaire survey was administered to architects and the collected data were subjected to factor analysis and multiple regression analysis.Factor analysis yielded seven critical success factors: (1) efficient communication; (2) effective coordination; (3) mutual objectives; (4) common goals; (5) long-term relationships; (6) mutual trust; and (7) management support. Multiple regression analysis revealed that architects strongly emphasize the technical interdependency of the design project and seek effective coordination; they appreciate the full commitment of all collaborators to common goals; and finally, they seek commitment to long-term relationships to encourage cooperation in the building design process. The research findings support the basic principles of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) system that favor effective coordination, pursuit of mutually agreeable common goals and long-term relationships.

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