University of Oulu
Koskelo, S. (Sari).
Factors influencing the design and implementation of Big Room in project alliances.
Degree: 2017, University of Oulu
The increased popularity of collaborative projects, such as integrated project deliveries and project alliances, has created a need to develop new methods to manage integration between project parties in infrastructure and construction industry. One such integration mechanism is Big Room, which means that project members are colocated to design and work on a project as an integrated team in a common working environment. In Finland, the concept of Big Room has been applied in several project alliances, but experiences about the concept have been dissenting. Big Room has been experienced to increase integration between parties, but also take too much time from Big Room participants.The aim of this Master’s Thesis is to find out, how the concept of Big Room should be adjusted in project alliances of different complexity. The study is a constructive research, which aims to present a model which can be used to define Big Room practices in project alliances. To accomplish the objectives of the research, three research questions are set to direct the study:
1. How can Big Room be defined?
2. What is the influence of project complexity factors on the concept of Big Room?
3. How should the design and implementation of Big Room activities be adjusted in project alliances?
In the beginning of the research, literature related to project alliancing, Big Room and project complexity are presented. Theoretical framework creates a basis for data analysis. The study indicates that people, physical space and technology create a foundation for Big Room concept, which aims to share and generate project-specific information. Results illustrate the impact of several factors related to project complexity and lifecycle on Big Room activities. In Finland, daily colocation of project team in Big Room environment has not been possible in most cases, because people are usually working on several projects at the same time. Additionally, involvement in Big Room environment is restricted by geographical dispersion of project parties. Despite the fact, that modern communications technology enables virtual participation, virtual tools are utilized slightly in Big Room activities in Finland. Generally, virtualization demands a large use of 3D-modelling and active use of virtual communication tools. The research indicates that careful planning and facilitation of Big Room activities are a requisite for valuable collaboration. Profitable collaboration in a common working environment demands also the definition and implementation of several managerial processes during the project lifecycle.This research provides comprehensive description about the elements of the Big Room concept which should be noticed in designing and implementation of Big Room. Prior researches have not defined the Big Room concept at that level. Results of the research are applicable to different project alliances, in which the common target and openness are central. In the adjustment of the concept to other procurement forms, influencing factors should be studied further and…
Subjects/Keywords: Industrial Engineering and Management
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APA (6th Edition):
Koskelo, S. (. (2017). Factors influencing the design and implementation of Big Room in project alliances. (Masters Thesis). University of Oulu. Retrieved from http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201706282700
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Koskelo, S (Sari). “Factors influencing the design and implementation of Big Room in project alliances.” 2017. Masters Thesis, University of Oulu. Accessed July 22, 2017.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Koskelo, S (Sari). “Factors influencing the design and implementation of Big Room in project alliances.” 2017. Web. 22 Jul 2017.
Koskelo S(. Factors influencing the design and implementation of Big Room in project alliances. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Oulu; 2017. [cited 2017 Jul 22].
Available from: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201706282700.
Council of Science Editors:
Koskelo S(. Factors influencing the design and implementation of Big Room in project alliances. [Masters Thesis]. University of Oulu; 2017. Available from: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201706282700