How owner organizations impact decsion-making in design and construction. New research project from University of washington.

New Research Project: How Do Owner Organizations Impact Decision-Making?

A new research project from the University of Washington (UW) intends to reveal how owner organizations impact project decision-making.

Owners have a significant impact on the success of every design and construction project they undertake. They have distinct organizational structures and cultures in terms of decision-making, and those characteristics can predict the successful use of the various delivery methods used on those projects.

However, most owners don’t understand the implications of their decision-making culture on project outcomes.

What if owners had access to a tool that helped them anticipate the challenges and alignments they may experience when using various project delivery methods to enhance project outcomes?

The goal of this new research project is to create just such an innovative tool based on the data from project owners. The research results will flow directly into the design of this tool, which will be publicly available.

But to create this tool, we must first understand how certain owner characteristics–particularly around decision-making culture–are linked to project success.

If you are an owner or from an owner organization, please participate in this short survey. It is funded by the Charles Pankow Foundation, Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA) and AIA’s Project Delivery Knowledge Community, led by UW researchers Carrie Sturts Dossick, Renee Cheng, and Lingzi Wu.

You can access the survey here. Thank you for making the time to participate!

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Markku Allison, AIA, has over 35 years of experience both as an award-winning designer and as a thought-leader on design and construction industry transformation issues. His background as a practice owner and industry subject matter expert with strong relationships across disciplines and organizations uniquely positions him to assist in shaping responsive strategies to force driving change in business and culture today. In his current role, Markku heads up Chandos’ innovation initiatives. He served as president of the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance ( in Canada which has published “IPD: An Action Guide for Leaders,” several influential IPD research studies and provides IPD training for industry. Markku also held positions at the American Institute of Architects, where he was a joint content editor in the development of the AIA’s “Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide”.

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