Exploring coordination goals of construction projects

Fang Ying Shen, Andrew S. Chang

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In theory and practice, effective coordination has been regarded as a critical success factor of construction projects. Previous coordination studies in construction focus on time spending, frequency and their relationships with performance. However, coordination goals are less explored, and their relationship with coordination methods is not known. This paper studies goals of coordination methods for construction projects. First, eight coordination methods and six goals are derived from prior studies. Then a questionnaire is designed to interview seven contractors of ongoing projects, regarding coordination goals, extent of goal achievement and possibility of replacement by other methods. The results indicate that "facilitating" is the top priority goal among coordination methods. Written communication such as plans, schedules, reports and contract documents is more focused which makes its preparation with purposes. Written correspondence and oral communication including meetings, informal discussion and site visits are not easy to handle to meet coordination goals so that coordination function cannot be adequately developed. Ineffective meetings and written correspondence can be replaced by other methods. Projects with good performance achieve coordination goals better than projects with poor performance do. Accordingly, engineers should apply appropriate coordination methods to meet their coordination goals during the project implementation, especially for oral communication.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEASEC-11 - Eleventh East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event11th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, EASEC-11 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 2008 Nov 192008 Nov 21


Other11th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, EASEC-11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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