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Mark Doherty

Mark Doherty

Merit Award Winner 2014
Does NEC3 Aid Collaboration in Construction?

Research Abstract

This research asks the question: does NEC3 aid collaboration in construction?  It begins by addressing the Latham (1994) and Egan (1998) reports which both identified the industry’s adversarial approach to contracting as a key factor in poor project performance.  With the sector subsequently placing greater emphasis on collaboration and integrated teams, this paper tests whether the NEC3 suite of contracts has had a significant influence on the increased levels of collaboration seen in the industry today.  Following a comprehensive literature review, Mark developed a research methodology which utilised open and closed questioning through an online survey.  In addition, detailed interviews were carried out with senior industry professionals.  The large sample and high level of industry response resulted in a wealth of useful and meaningful data.  The research found that NEC3 does aid collaboration in the construction sector.  However, the contract will not be effective in isolation: collaboration is a complex issue which also requires high levels of human input.

Winner's Bios

Mark Doherty

Leeds Beckett University, UK

Mark graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with first class honours in construction management.  His achievements include the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Construction and Engineering and the Hays Construction and Property Award for Best Overall Academic Achievement.  During his research, Mark conducted extensive data gathering and carried out detailed research to examine what effect NEC3 contracts have had on collaboration within project teams.   As a project manager leading multi-disciplined teams on civil engineering projects, Mark prides himself on his customer service and stakeholder management as well as the core principles of delivering to time, cost and quality.


Judge's comments

“This dissertation set out a challenging research question which was addressed in exemplary fashion on the basis of a sound research method. The dissertation was progressed on the basis of a clear and coherent argument using a good blend of both primary and secondary data. It is well written with sound conclusions.”