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Intensivering van de samenwerking tussen twee Cost Managementteams binnen Arcadis Nederland

Uzun, M. (2019) Intensivering van de samenwerking tussen twee Cost Managementteams binnen Arcadis Nederland.

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Abstract:Like any other company, Arcadis also has several visions and ambitions for further growth. One of these is to intensify the cooperation between the Cost Management teams of the Infrastructure and Buildings divisions. However, there are still some uncertainties about this cooperation and how the transition of this cooperation will take place. The most important need here is to find out what the new ideas about the cooperation are and what the opinions are about giving each other added value with regard to the Cost Management methodology. The aim of the research is to find out how the two Cost Management teams can maximize the benefits of each other's knowledge and expertise in the field of Cost Management, which will lead to clarification of the uncertainties about the cooperation. Therefore, the following research question has been set up: What are the possibilities and limitations of the cooperation between the two Cost Management teams of the Infrastructure and Buildings divisions with regard to the Cost Management methodology? The following aspects fall under Cost Management methodology: the working methods, estimation methods and the processes. Two research methods were mainly used to answer the research question, namely unstructured and structured interviews with both teams and a panel discussion where a number of members of both teams were present together at the same time. The unstructured interviews were in a form of a short conversation, which formed the basis of the structured interviews. All the findings of the interviews were presented during the panel discussion. In addition, the findings were also discussed. The findings have shown that both teams see more possibilities than limitations with regard to cooperation. Both Cost Management teams are open and willing to take further steps together, which was also confirmed during the panel discussion. Action points have been drawn up that will be implemented as quickly as possible. Both teams are familiar with the bottlenecks and the limitations, but with this research they are well documented. From this, it is concluded that the difference in estimation methodology is the greatest limitation for the cooperation, including the price libraries, cost pyramids and codes. Ultimately, both teams believe that a pilot project should be started as soon as possible, in which the bottlenecks must be noted so that they can be prevented for other projects. As is said: "practice makes perfect". Before starting the research, it was expected about the estimation method that there would be mainly uncertainties in the methods of estimating and transferring knowledge about this. However, the interviews showed that both teams were aware of the differences in the estimation methods. But it was not expected that there would be no support for the programs used for the estimations, this applies to both the Cost Management team Infrastructure and Buildings. That is why the advice for a follow-up study is to conduct a similar study, but then specifically focused on the estimation method. It is suggested here that someone will look specifically at this, because the bottlenecks and limitations of cooperation lie mainly in this. However, a few interviewees and the panel discussion showed that the integral estimation method might be the solution for this. This should be investigated with the help of a case, which should be determined together with both Cost Management teams. Finally, it is advised to ensure that the action points of the panel discussion are kept up to date. This is so that they are implemented as quickly as possible, making the cooperation more promising. In particular, the scheduled workshop on the integral estimation methodology, which is currently seen as the biggest limitation of the cooperation according to the research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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