Mechanisms for managing changes in construction projects

H. Demirel, L. Volker, W. Leendertse, M. Hertogh

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Due to the extensive duration and the dynamic environment of construction projects, changes in contract conditions are inevitable during its implementation. Therefore, it is important that changes are actively managed during the project life cycle. However, contracts do not always offer effective ways within the standardised change procedures to cope with change events. We argue that changes do not have to be managed solely through the contract, but can also be managed by applying alternative kinds of dealing mechanisms. This paper presents the results of an in-depth study through ethnographic and action research into the modus operandi with regard to (unexpected) changes in the realization phase of a large scale PPP (Public Private Partnership) infrastructure project. This study reflects real life practice of change management and presents the way(s) various dealing mechanisms, such as contract rules, relations, organisational structure, knowledge, and competences are interactively employed in the actual management of changes. The study aims to serve as a foundation for researchers and practitioners in offering effective measures to set up, manage and improve the practice of change management in public contracting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Cycle Analysis and Assessment in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationTowards an Integrated Vision - Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2018
EditorsRobby Caspeele, Luc Taerwe, Dan M. Frangopol
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781138626331
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2018 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 28 Oct 201831 Oct 2018
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameLife-cycle of civil engineering systems
Publisher CRC Press


Conference6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2018
Abbreviated titleIALCCE 2018
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