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Communication and governance in the building process

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  • Roberto Pietroforte

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Through a proposed interpretative framework the relationship between forms of transactional governance and type of information processing and communication media is analysed. Building projects are successfully completed through the development of federative mechanisms, such as cooperation, informal roles and rules, that complement and circumvent the hierarchical and formal provisions of standard contracts. At present there is a dislocation between the pattern of roles and rules advocated by standard contracts and that observed in practice. During the design and engineering process, federative mechanisms are supported by the exchange of qualitative and uncertain information through personal communication media such as group meetings and direct contacts. The focus of new information technologies should be broadened from controlling contractual compliance to facilitating communication and interaction among project participants.

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  • Roberto Pietroforte, 1997. "Communication and governance in the building process," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(1), pages 71-82.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:15:y:1997:i:1:p:71-82
    DOI: 10.1080/014461997373123
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    Cited by:

    1. Per Erik Eriksson & Ossi Pesamaa, 2007. "Modelling procurement effects on cooperation," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(8), pages 893-901.
    2. Nicola Costantino & Roberto Pietroforte & Peter Hamill, 2001. "Subcontracting in commercial and residential construction: an empirical investigation," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 439-447.

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