BA8509 - Performance, Conflict and Cooperation in Building Projects


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 1/2 E
Assignment 1/2

Course content

The course is about the tensions between efficiency and effectiveness in construction projects. The different actors - society, the owner, users and project organisation - give different priorities to efficiency versus effectiveness. The course considers the construction process, the project organisation and the project, the understanding of how decisions are made, bounded rationality and rule based decisions. Important aspects discussed in the course are origins and consequences of power and conflicts in project organisations.

Learning outcome

The candidate should understand basic theory of how decision making happens in organizations, based on theory of bounded rationality and rule based decision making. Power and conflict of interest. Conflict solving by analysis and bargaining. Flexibility and the consequences of changes in building projects.

The candidate should be able to recognize basic preconditions for steering building projects, while the owner's measures for long term effectiveness are governing.

General competence:
The student should acquire competence in governing building projects.

Learning methods and activities

Seminar. The exercise part is a project work on a topic approved by the professor in charge. Part of the course is based on self study.
The lectures and exercises will be given in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of project organisations for construction projects, according to the subject TBA4135 Organisation and economy in construction projects. Other background has to be recognised by the lecturer.

Course materials

Literature in Norwegian and English, powerpoint presentations in Norwegian.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/2 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 1/2 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
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