Quality infrastructure: a different approach

This paper discusses some aspects of the impact of "economic rationalism" on the viability and product quality of the design and the construction industry, viz. the lack of profitability, of new investment and of R&D funding, downsizing and the associated failures of corporate memory, outsourcing, lack of personnel training and development, reduction in quality of design, construction and planned maintenance, and finally, the high incidence of accidents in the workplace, pointing to overall shortcomings in safe work practices. It is not surprising that the resulting unsatisfactory state of the construction industry is producing a reaction. The paper refers to recent work by Sir John Egan and Prof. David Blockley. Essentially, this work is based on the notion of co-operative leadership, and on a systems approach, incorporating the whole of the creative process. The paper outlines the main characteristics of this process, which is essentially a cooperative one across all the stakeholders in the system, contrasting it with the current adversarial practice. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E211602.


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  • Accession Number: 01011334
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0855886986
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 3:03PM