The University of the West of England (UWE) and Management Process Systems (MPS) have been awarded a grant of over £68,000 from the Department of Trade and Industry to form a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The project’s aim is to develop an innovative way of calculating the costs and benefits of collaborative and workflow IT business support systems in the construction industry.
The construction industry is worth £57 billion in the UK alone, but many construction projects suffer from delays and overspending. One of the main causes of these problems is the use of traditional and ineffective paper-based change management systems. MPS has developed a successful online Contract Change Management (CCM) system to monitor progress more simply and effectively. The system is already adopted by many leading construction organisations.
Robin Wilkin, of MPS, said: “This partnership aims to enable an enterprise to quantify the benefits obtained from its investment in workflow and collaborative IT systems. Investment costs should not threaten profits. They should lead to improvements in change management, risk management, compliance, better supply chain management, and reliability – in other words, better overall business performance.”
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