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Tampio, K.-P. and Haapasalo, H. (2022), "Organising methods enabling integration for value creation in complex projects", Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Organising methods enabling integration for value creation in complex projects

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Author: Tampio, Kari-Pekka1; Haapasalo, Harri2
Organizations: 1Construction Management Services, Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Oulu, Finland
2Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-11-11


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify the areas and logic of integration of different stakeholders using different methods and to analyse their applicability and challenges in practical projects. The main aim is to describe how these different methods impact value creation.

Design/methodology/approach: Action design research was carried out in a large hospital construction project where the first author acted as an “involved researcher” and the second author acted as an “outside researcher”. Two workshops were organised to evaluate the direct and indirect challenges and benefits of the applied four methods and to explain how different methods enable value creation.

Findings: All the studied methods provide good results in terms of usability and commitment to the aims of the project, thus delivering the direct benefits expected. Process, people and tools logic works well in this case project when applying the methods properly. Significant evidence was provided on secondary deliverables of the methods, and all analysed methods had a significant impact in the area of leading people, clarifying what “focus on people” means and how it is enabled.

Practical implications: Focus on people can be achieved through different operative methods if applied in the right way. It is necessary to select the most suitable methods based on all the direct and indirect deliverables.

Originality/value: This case project offered a platform to analyse integration methods in a real-life project using the collaborative contract method. The authors were able to participate in the analysis by taking action from the very beginning of the project in terms of training, learning, continuous development and coaching of these methods and evaluating the applicability

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Series: Construction innovation
ISSN: 1471-4175
ISSN-E: 1477-0857
ISSN-L: 1471-4175
DOI: 10.1108/ci-11-2021-0223
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: Copyright © 2022, Kari-Pekka Tampio and Harri Haapasalo. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at