Integrated Management in the Building Industry: An Interpretative Perspective of Integrated Project Delivery

This article is a result of an academic conference presentation and subsequent proceedings from the University of Michigan.

The professions of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) in today’s building industry often require a more integrated approach to practice as a whole. Practitioners need to have a more advanced view of what effective integration is as applied to this industry. Projects call for effective management. When practitioners execute one contract with a client to provide all services as a joint team; all three disciplines essentially form alliance as one service provider. Because integrated management may mean different things to different professionals, this paper highlights excerpts from a previous (not yet published) study undertaken by Dr. Rick D. Johnson involving a phenomenon in the building industry known as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).  It is a significant opportunity for project teams to interact and provide integrated project approaches with the involvement of all stakeholders of a project (American Institute of Architects, 2007a). Part of the main purpose of the study was to identify the lived experiences of select practitioners within the building industry. These research participants’ shared their personal opinions, perceptions, and concerns relevant to the utility of integrated project delivery within their respective practice areas. Secondly; it was to develop a better understanding of how this evolving practice approach impacts the technical management and technical design areas of the industry. The rationale is that these issues apply to practice today, which required this research to expand beyond theoretical dimensions. 
This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Journal Article
Dr. Rick D. Johnson
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The Nontrad Journal
Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education
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Friday, December 30, 2016
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Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education
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Dr. Michael Parsons, Morgan State University
Dr. David Smith, George Mason University and Georgetown University
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