Moving beyond project complexity: Exploring empirical dimensions of complexity in the construction Industry

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Abstract

Complexity is not an under-researched concept within the construction industry. However, because of the nature and characteristics of this concept, most of the works have traditionally tended to approach it in a reductionist manner, concentrating on project complexity above all others. Therefore a more comprehensive understanding aimed at being able to make more informed decisions correspondent to the specification of new construction in the age of digital tectonics should be developed. As there is an undeniable need for new vantage points, the data should come directly from the immediate context in which complexity is to be scrutinised. A deductive approach based on in-depth study of live cases is deemed appropriate for this purpose. With reference to our previous theoretical framework, this paper deepens the quest for a more intelligent decision process by investigating construction case studies. This review of cases will be carried out using our alternative way of reading complexity which is nurtured by its meaning in many other disciplines, encompassing all aspects of complexity in a more holistic manner. The findings of the study are to be further developed through additional research in order to substantially contribute to a more up-to-date, fit-for-purpose decision framework to effectively manage complexity comprehensively where and when required in the construction industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of PublicationPortsmouth
Pages885-894
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014
EventProceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) - University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK, 1-3 September 2014
Duration: 1 Sep 2014 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Period1/09/14 → …

Keywords

  • complexity
  • case study
  • systems
  • complexity science

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    Wood, H., Piroozfar, P., & Farr, E. R. P. (2014). Moving beyond project complexity: Exploring empirical dimensions of complexity in the construction Industry. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) (pp. 885-894). http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2014-0885-0894_Wood_Piroozfar_Farr.pdf