‘Shared Sense of Purposefulness’: A New Concept to Understand the Practice of Coordinating Design in Construction

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Cidik, MS and Boyd, D (2019). ‘Shared Sense of Purposefulness’: A New Concept to Understand the Practice of Coordinating Design in Construction. Construction Management and Economics. https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2019.1593471
AuthorsCidik, MS and Boyd, D
Abstract

Construction management literature sees the collective task of coordinating design as being about the ‘integration’ of ‘fragmented’ discipline-specific design tasks/outputs, thus overlooking the important role of social interactions. This is not only conceptually problematic but also presents a practical management problem. As a response, a practice-based approach, which relies on a ‘becoming’ ontology, is adopted for a practical explanation of design coordination for more effective design management. The adopted methodology suggests that design develops as a result of unfolding (path-dependent) individual actions and interdisciplinary interactions. Based on this, the concept of a ‘shared sense of purposefulness’ is proposed to refer to the temporary and precarious organisational state of a design team in which each of the interacting team members has achieved a state of purposefulness to resume individual action. Hence, design coordination in construction is redefined as continuously re-establishing and maintaining ‘a shared sense of purposefulness’. The concept’s usefulness for understanding the practice of design coordination is demonstrated using data collected from a project in the UK. The discussion enables fresh insights into the everyday operation of design coordination. It is concluded that the proposed conception paves a way forward both for the research and practice in construction design management.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics. It will be available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcme20/current

Keywordsdesign coordination; design management; sensemaking; organisational analysis; practice-based study; construction
Year2019
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN1466-433X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2019.1593471
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01446193.2019.1593471
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Deposited08 Mar 2019
Accepted04 Mar 2019
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