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Defining Decisions Points to Avoid Escalation in Construction Projects

Olander, Stefan LU (2003) 3rd Nordic Conference, Construction Economics and Organization, Lund University, 2003 In [Host publication title missing] p.311-320
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Risk analysis, Construction projects, Escalation, Stakeholder analysis
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[Host publication title missing]
editor
Hansson, Bengt and Landin, Anne
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10 pages
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Department of Construction Management, Lund Institute of Technology
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3rd Nordic Conference, Construction Economics and Organization, Lund University, 2003
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91-974618-0-6
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English
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technical problems. It is not uncommon that projects are stopped or changed late in the process<br/><br>
with the effect that large amounts of already made investments becomes obsolete. One<br/><br>
explanation of this phenomena is the escalation of project decisions, where project managers<br/><br>
persist with a course of actions long beyond the point where it would be sensible to quit or<br/><br>
change the course. By defining decision points in the project process, time frames for evaluating<br/><br>
risks, social as well as technical, can be determined. Within in the different time frames, project<br/><br>
management need to determine how different stakeholders may affect project completion in<br/><br>
order to set the correct course of actions, at every single decision point, with the main purpose of<br/><br>
achieving an acceptance for the project from its stakeholders. Thus the main purpose of this<br/><br>
evaluation is to avoid escalation in project decision-making, due to the lack of knowledge of<br/><br>
stakeholder demands and conflicts. This paper discusses the phenomenon of escalation and<br/><br>
presents a hypothetical model how a project management could determine and define these<br/><br>
decision points, with consideration to risk and stakeholder management. Furthermore this paper<br/><br>
suggests how a project management team could use these decision points as a tool for<br/><br>
construction projects to set the right course of action in different stages of the project, due to the<br/><br>
perceived affect different stakeholders has on project completion.},
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  title        = {Defining Decisions Points to Avoid Escalation in Construction Projects},
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