Alliancing in Infrastructure Projects
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The alliance contract method is a relatively new project delivery method that has started becoming popular in recent decades as an alternative to both traditional and other forms of relational contracts. The result of it being so new is that it is still unclear around the world as to what exactly an alliance is and for what projects it is suitable.This thesis explores the concept of alliancing in the context of large infrastructure projects by comparing the results of a literature and document study with results obtained from interviews conducted in the UK, Finland and Australia.This research shows that alliancing can be identified by 25 hard elements and that it is most likely the case that no single element is unique to alliancing, but rather it is the unique combination of elements that really makes the alliancing model a unique project delivery method. The study identified twelve project characteristics that make a project suitable for alliancing, along with an explanation of how the alliance elements address these characteristics.Existing success factors were studied, their relevance in a modern, practical context were challenged, and new success factors were identified. A number of barriers are presented that should be considered when undertaking an alliance. Current and future trends are explored.These findings will help assist academics and practitioners new to the alliancing method to understand what alliancing is, when to use it, what to consider, and how to make it successful.