Modelling the causes and effects of problems in the construction process
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The construction process is faced with many challenges, not least dealing with concerns over an adversarial culture, weak suppliers integration and variable quality. With its different levels and numerous participants, the process can be a complex affair. There is a need to understand how the different elements of the process relate to, and effect, each other. The paper presents an analysis of the relationships between certain of these elements, by treating the construction process in a system' context. The particular use of casual loop diagrams to help improve understanding of the interdependences between elements that are considered to the problematic is explored. These diagrams can be used to identify connections of importance when seeking solutions and examples of their use are presented. They show the relationships between problems and those factors that may reinforce or balance one another. The approach advocated in this paper provides tentative steps towards unravelling some of the complexity that obscure the root cause of problems inherent in the process.
construction process, systems approach, modeling, cause and effect, casual loop diagrams, interlinked problems
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31636OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-31636DiVA: diva2:948897
FunderSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research