Owner-contractor work structures: Process approach

Stuart D. Anderson, Shekhar S. Patil, G. Edward Gibson, George R. Sullivan

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This paper describes a process to assist project managers, within owner companies, define work relationships between owners and their contractors for capital project development, and execution. The owner-contractor work structure process was developed by the Construction Industry Institute as a step-by-step process for making rational decisions about the most appropriate owner-contractor work structure for capital projects. A work structure is described by a set of project competencies and the extent of involvement of the owner and contractor in performing, leading, and/or providing input with respect to those project competencies. The process is described using a formal process modeling technique. Three case studies, conducted to validate the owner-contractor work structure process, are discussed. The results from these case studies suggested some basic changes to the process that would enhance its use in practice. A modified owner-contractor work structure process is then presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-690
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction industry
  • Contractors
  • Owners
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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