Recognizing stakeholders in construction projects as co-creators of value in sustainable urban development: A Hong Kong perspective

S. T. Ng, M. M. Kumaraswamy, K. K.W. Wong

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Abstract

Sustainability goals and environmental performance of construction and infrastructure development projects are often determined by construction clients or consultants (in design specifications), or set out by the government (in the form of regulations, codes and ordinances). Contractors and subsequent layers of sub-contractors and suppliers rarely have opportunities or mechanisms to provide feedback to the consultants and clients. This results in: i) the hindrance of learning from lessons captured by these other project stakeholders (acquired through their experiences from other projects they worked on) to be relayed back to the client or consultant; and ii) the lack of support systems and mechanisms for these companies (particularly for the smaller or more specialized subcontractors/ suppliers) to collaborate with the consultant, client and/or main contractor to nourish innovation and create greater value together. Based on a study conducted in Hong Kong through a series of semi-structured interviews (with construction clients, relevant government department representatives, consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers), review of project documentation related to sustainability objectives and environmental features, as well as a detailed case study conducted with a major construction client, this paper explores the existing landscape of the relationships and support mechanisms (related to sustainability/environmental aspects) between the various project stakeholders mentioned above, and identify industry best practices. A roadmap of recommended strategies is then presented for embracing this diversified range of stakeholders to become co-creators of value in sustainable urban development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sustainable City IX
Subtitle of host publicationUrban Regeneration and Sustainability
EditorsSimone Bastianoni, Riccardo Pulselli, Nadia Marchettini, C.A. Brebbia
PublisherWITPress
Pages165-175
Number of pages11
Volume191
ISBN (Electronic)9781845648206
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2014
Event9th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, SC 2014 - Siena, Italy
Duration: 23 Sep 201425 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, SC 2014
Country/TerritoryItaly
CitySiena
Period23/09/1425/09/14

Keywords

  • Co-creation
  • Construction stakeholders
  • Stakeholder relationships
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban development

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