BA8509 - Performance, Conflict and Cooperation in Building Projects


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 50/100 1 hours E
Assignment 50/100

Course content

The course is about the tensions between efficiency and effectiveness in construction projects. The society, project owners, users and project organisations 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

Knowledge: The candidate understands how rule based decision making, conflicts of interest, conflict solving and flexibility impact building projects. Skills: The candidate recognizes preconditions for steering building projects, while the owner's measures for long term effectiveness are governing. General competence: The student acquires competence in governing building projects.

Learning methods and activities

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

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

Note that if you wish to follow the course the semester it runs, but are not affiliated with the PhD programme in Engineering, please contact

Course materials

Literature in Norwegian and English, plus presentations.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

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: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100 E 2023-12-15 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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