Applying the real options theory for identifying flexibility in project delivery of health organisations

Maartje van Reedt Dortland, Geert P.M.R. Dewulf, Johannes T. Voordijk

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Abstract

Healthcare is influenced by many uncertainties. Uncertainties affecting health organisations also influence real estate since this facilitates the primary process. Within real estate management, decisions have to be made today while there is little knowledge about the future. Therefore, flexibility is needed in the process of designing, constructing and operating real estate. A case study has been done to gain insight about how health organisations deal with flexibility. The real options approach is used to show what types of flexibility have been used, and that uncertainty can also generate opportunities. Of the five types of flexibility, only in two types real options were identified in the case study. These were stage, abandon, defer and scale within process flexibility and the options growth and switch within product flexibility. This is partly a result of the fact that the project in the case study is not further advanced than the preliminary design phase. Nevertheless it can be concluded that project managers already act as using real options. Consciously using this concept might create even more real options to be used in project management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaCIRIC International Conference 2011
Subtitle of host publicationGobal health infrastructure - challenges for the next decade: Delivering innovation, demonstrating the benefits
Pages34-51
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event4th HaCIRIC International Conference 2011: Gobal health infrastructure - challenges for the next decade: Delivering innovation, demonstrating the benefits - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Sep 201128 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference4th HaCIRIC International Conference 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period26/09/1128/09/11

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Keywords

  • IR-78527
  • Case Study
  • Health Care
  • real estate management
  • flexibility
  • Real Options

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van Reedt Dortland, M., Dewulf, G. P. M. R., & Voordijk, J. T. (2011). Applying the real options theory for identifying flexibility in project delivery of health organisations. In HaCIRIC International Conference 2011: Gobal health infrastructure - challenges for the next decade: Delivering innovation, demonstrating the benefits (pp. 34-51)