About the Project
Current insurance arrangements within UK design and construction teams – whereby each member is individually liable for their own negligence and error, and insures accordingly – can promote risk avoidance behaviour among them. This does not directly support team working, problem sharing and the joint pursuit of project goals that are believed to be essential to effective collaborative working on construction projects (Cabinet Office 2012). The IPI approach provides single insurance cover for the construction project team as a whole and covers all their liabilities. By bringing team members together into a virtual organisation the aim is to provide a structure within which they can work more effectively together and help unlock their collective creative and problem-solving potential.
An action research project, following Kemmis and McTaggart (2000) and undertaken by the University of Reading School of Construction Management and Engineering, has involved the development and first use of IPI on a live construction project. That project is coming to an end and there is an opportunity to work with key members of the research team to follow up this initial trial and to investigate how IPI could be implemented on other projects. This will involve:
1) Developing an understanding of the impact of IPI in different project contexts
2) Exploring the potential effectiveness of particular elements of the IPI approach (IPI does not only involve project insurance, but a range of facilitated interventions in normal team working also) to understand their impact on collaborative working
3) Using the findings to develop and, if appropriate, evaluate changes to the IPI approach.
Kemmis, S. and McTaggart, R. (2000) "Participatory action research", in N.K. Denzin and Y.S. Lincoln (eds) Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd ed.). Sage, CA, pp.567–605.
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