Charrettes as a method for engaging industry in best practices research

Edd Gibson, Donald A. Whittington

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

31 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Gaining innovative and useful research findings concerning construction industry best practices requires an interaction and feedback mechanism between industry respondents and academia. Typical research methods such as surveys, source document reviews, and structured interviews will work, but suffer from barriers which can hamper results. Examples of these barriers include low response rates, asynchronous communication, time commitment of the researchers and respondents, access to project data, and travel costs. Structured workshops (research "charrettes") are a unique and useful method for facilitating data collection between industry respondents and academic researchers. They combine the best tenets of surveys, interviews, and focus groups in an accelerated time frame. This paper will explain how these workshops provide a critical avenue for industry interaction. Characteristics leading to successful charrettes will be outlined. The paper will conclude by describing the benefits of these workshops to researchers including lessons learned from successful workshops.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Volume136
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Fingerprint

Industry
Construction industry
Feedback
Communication
Best practice
Costs
Interaction
Data collection
Feedback mechanism
Lessons learned
Travel cost
Structured interview
Response rate
Focus groups
Research methods

Keywords

  • Best management practices
  • Construction industry
  • Construction management
  • Lessons learned
  • Research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial relations
  • Building and Construction

Cite this

Charrettes as a method for engaging industry in best practices research. / Gibson, Edd; Whittington, Donald A.

In: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 136, No. 1, 2010, p. 66-75.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{319eaf40050946c9875fd86d6c7fc5f4,
title = "Charrettes as a method for engaging industry in best practices research",
abstract = "Gaining innovative and useful research findings concerning construction industry best practices requires an interaction and feedback mechanism between industry respondents and academia. Typical research methods such as surveys, source document reviews, and structured interviews will work, but suffer from barriers which can hamper results. Examples of these barriers include low response rates, asynchronous communication, time commitment of the researchers and respondents, access to project data, and travel costs. Structured workshops (research {"}charrettes{"}) are a unique and useful method for facilitating data collection between industry respondents and academic researchers. They combine the best tenets of surveys, interviews, and focus groups in an accelerated time frame. This paper will explain how these workshops provide a critical avenue for industry interaction. Characteristics leading to successful charrettes will be outlined. The paper will conclude by describing the benefits of these workshops to researchers including lessons learned from successful workshops.",
keywords = "Best management practices, Construction industry, Construction management, Lessons learned, Research methods",
author = "Edd Gibson and Whittington, {Donald A.}",
year = "2010",
doi = "10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000079",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "136",
pages = "66--75",
journal = "Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE",
issn = "0733-9364",
publisher = "American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Charrettes as a method for engaging industry in best practices research

AU - Gibson, Edd

AU - Whittington, Donald A.

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - Gaining innovative and useful research findings concerning construction industry best practices requires an interaction and feedback mechanism between industry respondents and academia. Typical research methods such as surveys, source document reviews, and structured interviews will work, but suffer from barriers which can hamper results. Examples of these barriers include low response rates, asynchronous communication, time commitment of the researchers and respondents, access to project data, and travel costs. Structured workshops (research "charrettes") are a unique and useful method for facilitating data collection between industry respondents and academic researchers. They combine the best tenets of surveys, interviews, and focus groups in an accelerated time frame. This paper will explain how these workshops provide a critical avenue for industry interaction. Characteristics leading to successful charrettes will be outlined. The paper will conclude by describing the benefits of these workshops to researchers including lessons learned from successful workshops.

AB - Gaining innovative and useful research findings concerning construction industry best practices requires an interaction and feedback mechanism between industry respondents and academia. Typical research methods such as surveys, source document reviews, and structured interviews will work, but suffer from barriers which can hamper results. Examples of these barriers include low response rates, asynchronous communication, time commitment of the researchers and respondents, access to project data, and travel costs. Structured workshops (research "charrettes") are a unique and useful method for facilitating data collection between industry respondents and academic researchers. They combine the best tenets of surveys, interviews, and focus groups in an accelerated time frame. This paper will explain how these workshops provide a critical avenue for industry interaction. Characteristics leading to successful charrettes will be outlined. The paper will conclude by describing the benefits of these workshops to researchers including lessons learned from successful workshops.

KW - Best management practices

KW - Construction industry

KW - Construction management

KW - Lessons learned

KW - Research methods

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=75649112314&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=75649112314&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000079

DO - 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000079

M3 - Article

VL - 136

SP - 66

EP - 75

JO - Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE

JF - Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE

SN - 0733-9364

IS - 1

ER -