A new framework for construction project definition stage

E. Pikas*, J. Oehmen, L. Koskela, C. Thuesen

*Corresponding author for this work

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One major reason for the poor performance of construction project delivery is related to the 'ill'-performed project definition stage. The emphasis on rational decision-making and methods have stifled the creativity important to problem structuring and solution generation. Problem is in the poor conceptualization of the project definition stage in construction. Taking the design literature as starting point, the intent here is to clarify the underlying concepts and principles related to project definition stage, and propose a simplified prescriptive framework for the project definition stage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018
EditorsNeven Pavkovic, Stanko Skec, Mario Storga, Dorian Marjanovic, Nenad Bojcetic
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789537738594
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Design Conference - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN
ISSN (Print)1847-9073


ConferenceInternational Design Conference
Abbreviated titleDESIGN


  • Argumentative design
  • Collaborative design
  • Design cognition
  • Design theory
  • Project definition


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