Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Is integrated project delivery sufficient to reduce adversarialism in the UK construction industry?

Aderibigbe, Abiola; Umeokafor, Nnedinma; Umar, Tariq


Abiola Aderibigbe

Nnedinma Umeokafor

Profile Image

Dr. Tariq Umar
Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management


Adversarialism is an endemic feature of the construction industry, resulting in devasting effects on productivity, cost, performance and client satisfaction within the industry. This can be explained by various factors of which adversarial ‘traditional’ construction contracts is one. To reduce adversarialism and to establish sustainable construction methods and practices in the United Kingdom (UK), the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method has been advanced as a solution. The critical review and analysis of relevant literature as well as prominent studies show that; although the use of IPD resulted in a better, healthier outcome in comparison to normal/traditional adversarial system, IPD still suffered from significant limitations, challenges and persistent barriers. These barriers thus indicate and necessitate the need for further research in determining a sufficient way in reducing adversarialism within the UK construction industry. One of the recommended empirical investigations include whether legislation has an influence on good faith towards reducing adversarialism. Another empirical investigation recommended is the premise that the barriers and challenges IPD present may likely be overcome by the implementation of statutory-backed good faith legislation, thus improving collaborative working. This paper will contribute to the wider knowledge of IPD in the industry and to improving the performance of the UK architecture, engineering and construction industry through collaborative working.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 11th World Construction Symposium
Start Date Jul 21, 2023
End Date Jul 22, 2023
Acceptance Date Apr 14, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 21, 2023
Publication Date Jul 21, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 26, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 27, 2023
Volume 1
Pages 634-644
Book Title Proceedings of the 11th World Construction Symposium
Keywords Adversarialism; Collaborative Working; Construction Contract Good-Faith; Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
Public URL
Publisher URL


You might also like

Downloadable Citations