Research Journal of The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering

Organization, Technology & Management in Construction: An International Journal
ISSN 1847-5450 print / ISSN 1847-6228 online
udc 62:658(05)

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3. Amirhossien Mohebifar, Mohammad Hossein Sobhiyah, Samira Haghbin:

Enhancing General Contractors Capacities With Collaborative Networks


This research is motivated by considering new requirements of General Contractors (GC), resulted from modern day business environment and capabilities of Collaborative Networks (CN) to meet these requirements. GC should establish, manage and maintain an efficient network of suppliers and subcontractors to achieve complex construction project's goals and guarantee the project performance. In recent years, complication and specialization of large projects of construction industry has led into wide recruitment of specialists contractors and, therefore, dividing projects into small segments. Thus, there is more emphasis on maintaining coordination between various sections and contractors, which will in turn guarantee the overall performance of a project. This paper will look at advantages of establishing CN to enhance capability and meet requirements of GC in Construction Projects. Concepts related to other knowledge areas such as Collaborative Networks are introduced, too. It is hoped that this will help in further research on developing the concept of CN in construction project management. The paper discusses similarities between GC and CN and possibility of establishing a coordinating part for GC, in the format of a virtual enterprise. The findings imply that most of the GC needs for becoming international and successful could be covered by Collaborative Networks’ specifications.