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Concept proofing a proposed early-stage project complexity assessment tool

Paulo Vaz-Serra, Peter Edwards, Guillermo Aranda-Mena

The 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) 2020 | ANZAScA | Published : 2020

Abstract

Project complexity, as a sub-field of complexity science, is under-researched in terms of what factors contribute to it; how they can be assessed; and what can be done to deal with them. This research proof-tests the concept of a project early stage complexity assessment tool (PESCAT), based upon complexity theory, that uses project differentiation, inter-dependency and uncertainty as measures for subjective assessment. Using focus group workshops comprising a convenience sample of construction professionals, mixed methods research (including opinion survey questionnaire, hypothetical and real-life case studies) is used within a qualitative framework to explore aspects of project complexity ..

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