A case based comparison of the efficiency and innovation potential of integrative and collaborative procurement strategies

Leentje Volker, Per Erik Eriksson, Anna Kadefors, Johan Larsson

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate and compare in what ways different types of integrative and collaborative procurement strategies may enhance efficiency and innovation in public infrastructure projects. Further, implementation challenges are identified and discussed. Interview-based case studies were performed of ten infrastructure projects in Sweden and the Netherlands. The projects involve four types of collaborative procurement strategies - collaborative Design-Build (DB) contracts, Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreements, Design-Build-Maintain (DBM) contracts and Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) contracts. The findings indicate that the duration of the collaboration is fundamental in setting the limits for innovation and that early involvement as well as long-term commitments open up for more innovation. Naturally, the potential for increased efficiency is higher than for innovation and also occurs in collaborations with limited duration. These integrated project approaches, however, still appear to be in an early stage of learning. For a public repeat client to realise the full potential of a new strategy, it is important to have a long-term perspective and capabilities to analyse and learn from the experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 34th Annual ARCOM Conference
EditorsChris Gorse, Christopher J. Neilson
Place of PublicationManchester, UK
PublisherARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-9955463-2-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event34th Annual ARCOM Conference - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018


Conference34th Annual ARCOM Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Organizational learning
  • Public infrastructure
  • Supply chain collaboration


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