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Davey, C L, McDonald, J, Lowe, D, Duff, R, Powell, J A and Powell, J E (2006) Defects liability management by design. Building Research & Information, 34(02), 145–53.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Action learning; defects; learning network; partnership; performance improvement; quality; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=w8g2277tq724412v
  • Abstract:
    An action learning project was undertaken to empower small- and medium-sized construction companies to define the agenda for performance improvement and to take a leading role in the process of industry change. Whilst achievement of zero defects was an ultimate aim, smaller construction firms identified the shorter-term need to deal effectively with defects during the post-construction phase. Project activities explored problems and identified ways of improving the management of the defects liability period. Proposed solutions ranged from simple modifications to management procedures, through innovative methods of working with tenants to more fundamental changes in design and construction processes. Construction firms and housing associations recognized the importance of working together to improve procedures. Small- and medium-sized construction firms can address performance issues in practical ways and have a potentially valuable role to play in promoting industry improvement. Action learning can support the process of change being instigated by Egan in 1998 and solutions generated by action learning have the potential for wider dissemination and use.

Fernie, S, Leiringer, R and Thorpe, T (2006) Change in construction: a critical perspective. Building Research & Information, 34(02), 91–103.

Gluch, P and Stenberg, A-c (2006) How do trade media influence green building practice?. Building Research & Information, 34(02), 104–17.

Gormley, M and Campbell, D P (2006) Modelling water reduction effects: method and implications for horizontal drainage. Building Research & Information, 34(02), 131–44.

Hartwig, J and Kockat, J (2016) Macroeconomic effects of energetic building retrofit: Input-output sensitivity analyses. Construction Management and Economics, 34(02), 79-97.

Koskela, L and Ballard, G (2006) Should project management be based on theories of economics or production?. Building Research & Information, 34(02), 154–63.

Lai, C-m and Chiang, C-m (2006) How phase change materials affect thermal performance: hollow bricks. Building Research & Information, 34(02), 118–30.

Leung, M-y, Liang, Q and Yu, J (2016) Development of a mindfulness-stress-performance model for construction workers. Construction Management and Economics, 34(02), 110-28.

Pulkka, L, Ristimäki, M, Rajakallio, K and Junnila, S (2016) Applicability and benefits of the ecosystem concept in the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 34(02), 129-16.

Venselaar, M and Gruis, V (2016) Studying intra-organizational dynamics in implementing supply chain partnering: A case study about work floor experiences in a Dutch housing association. Construction Management and Economics, 34(02), 98-109.

Winch, G M (2006) Towards a theory of construction as production by projects. Building Research & Information, 34(02), 164–74.