Editor: Derek Walker
Editor: Keith Hampson
Construction has been an industry characterised by disputes, fierce competitiveness and fragmentation -
all major obstacles to development. Now, however, a relationship-based approach to project procurement,
through partnering and alliancing, aims to bring about a fundamental change.This book addresses the
critical relationship issues for a more collaborative and sustainable construction industry. It looks at how
project procurement and project alliancing partner selection works, and how risk and crisis resolution are
managed. It provides readers with guidance and models on how to put a relationship-based approach to
procurement into practice, drawing on specific prototypes from an actual, successful project that can be
Derek Walker is Professor of Project Management at the Department of Building and Construction
Economics, RMIT University. He worked in various project management roles in the UK, Canada and
Australia for 16 years before commencing his academic career in 1986. He obtained a Master of Science
from the University of Aston (Birmingham) in 1978, and a PhD in 1995 from RMIT University (Melbourne).
He has written over 70 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. His research interests centre on project
management and project procurement systems. He is also the Program Director of the Doctor of Project
Management (DPM) program.
Keith Hampson led the research team studying the National Museum of Australia project in Canberra. He
is currently the CEO of Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation that has a budget of $64
million over seven years to investigate and advance innovation in the Australian construction industry. He
is a civil engineer and project and project manager with extensive industry experience. Prior to his CEO
appointment to the CRC he was Director of Research in Construction Management and Property at
Queensland University of Technology and Team Leader of the national QUT/CSIRO Construction
Research Alliance. Keith Hampson completed an MBA, and a PhD in Construction Engineering and
Management at Stanford University.