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Project Management: Designing Effective Organisational Structures in Construction

ISBN: 978-0-632-06393-2
308 pages
October 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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Organisation structure can make or break the project manager


New forms of organisation are emerging in the construction industry – from partnering to virtual teams. There is a growing need to consider project organisational structures carefully. This book differs from the many other texts on project management by concentrating on the challenges of devising relevant structures for project management.


It examines the diverse factors to be considered when determining an initial overall organisation for new construction projects. It also looks at how to vary the organisation in response to the differing environments over the lifetime of a project.


In a pragmatic, accessible style, the author has both added to the body of knowledge in this area and provided the project management with a set of effectivemanagement tools to:



  • examine the criteria for designing structures within an organisation
  • identify the factors relevant to the development of an initial project organisation structure
  • assess the significance of an individual factor in the operation of a structure
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Part 1. STRUCTURE PAST - Searching for the real project: the historical approach; Open system characteristics in industrial terms: relatively recent developments;.

PART 2. STRUCTURE PRESENT - Establishing a project's relevant environmental forces: recognise the relevant - ignore everything else?; Further factors in a possible model for organisation structure design; Control is not total;.

PART 3. STRUCTURE FUTURE? - The Genome approach; Taking-up the options; Future challenges; Glossary 1; Glossary 2; References; Index

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* provides tools to identify the factors relevant to development of an initial project organisation structure
* shows how to assess the significance of an individual factor in the operation of a structure
* looks at criteria for designing structures within an organisation
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