Best practices of organizational change for adopting alternative project delivery methods in the AEC industry

Khaled Medath Aldossari, Brian C. Lines, Jake B. Smithwick, Kristen C. Hurtado, Kenneth T. Sullivan

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Purpose: Although numerous studies have examined alternative project delivery methods (APDMs), most of these studies have focused on the relationship between these methods and improved project performance. Limited research identifies how to successfully add these methods within architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) organizations. The purpose of this paper is to identifying organizational change management (OCM) practices that, when effectively executed, lead to increased success rates of adopting APDMs in owner AEC organizations. Design/methodology/approach: Seven OCM practices were identified through a comprehensive literature review. Then, through a survey of 140 individuals at 98 AEC organizations, the relationships between OCM practices and organizational adoption of APDMs were established. Findings: The findings indicate that OCM practices with the strongest relationship to successful APDM adoption are realistic timeframe, effective change agents, workloads adjustments, senior-leadership commitment and sufficient change-related training. Practical implications: Adopting APDMs can be extremely difficult and requires significant organizational change efforts to ensure the change is a success. Organizations that are implementing APDMs for the first time should consider applying the OCM practices that this study identifies as most related to successful APDM adoption. Originality/value: This study contributes to the existing body of knowledge by identifying the OCM practices that are most significantly associated with successfully adopting APDMs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1082
Number of pages23
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • AEC owner organization
  • Change management practices
  • Organizational change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture


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