Integrated project delivery as an enabler for collaboration: a Middle East perspective

Farook Hamzeh, Farid Rached, Youssef Hraoui, Antoine Joseph Karam, Zeina Malaeb, Mounir El Asmar, Yara Abbas

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Purpose: This study investigates the extent to which the popular forms of contract adopted in the Middle East (ME) address collaboration. The purpose of this paper is to assess how collaboration features weaved into the construct of integrated project delivery (IPD) may impact projects in the ME. In this context, the study identifies features in IPD and existing delivery methods that may enable or inhibit collaboration and evaluates their impact on project success from the perspective of various contract managers in the ME. Design/methodology/approach: The study employs structured face-to-face interviews with 41 construction industry practitioners in top contract management positions in the ME to evaluate the significance of collaboration features in IPD. Data collected from the structured interviews/surveys were analyzed using statistical tools in R and Excel. Findings: Results reveal that while experts recognize the collaboration benefits which IPD features may contribute to a project, the current contractual environment of the industry does not optimally encompass these features. The current status of project delivery does not favor IPD implementation nor does it enable its collaborative features. Originality/value: This study contributes to the growing international body of knowledge addressing the application of collaborative contracts in construction projects, and it is innovative in evaluating collaboration features within IPD and exiting project deliveries in the ME.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-347
Number of pages14
JournalBuilt Environment Project and Asset Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 5 2019


  • Collaboration
  • Construction industry
  • Contracts
  • Critical success factors
  • Integration
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Building and Construction
  • Urban Studies
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture


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