Exploring Swedish local planning authorities' perceptions of standardized housing construction
Number of Authors: 2
2015 (English)In: Procs 31st Annual ARCOM Conference: 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK / [ed] Ani Raidén; Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo, Reading: Association of Researchers in Construction Management , 2015, Vol. 2, 1053-1062 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
We explore how Swedish Local Planning Authorities perceive standardized housing construction and attempt to use an ideal type typology of institutional logics to describe how Local Planning Authorities make use of the multiple institutional logics available to them. Increased standardization in Swedish housing construction has been suggested as a means to meet the growing need for housing with reasonable rent levels. However, housing contractors that use standardization and repetition of processes and components claim that the variation of requirements set by Local Planning Authorities prevents them from taking full advantage of their standardization. A recent empirical study of standardized housing contractors’ perceptions suggests that Local Requirement Setting, the requirement setting practices of Local Planning Authorities, are interpretational responses to a lack of familiarity with standardized housing construction. Yet, Local Planning Authorities’ perceptions of standardized housing construction have never previously been explored. Empirical material for this on-going study was collected through in-depth exploratory interviews with local planning officers from three municipalities situated in Swedish population growth regions. Findings suggest that Local Planning Authorities perceive potential benefits with standardization, but ultimately expect standardized housing concepts to adapt to local standards for processes and products. In projects with high ambitions for architectural quality standardized housing concepts need to be highly flexible. Conversely, highly standardized housing concepts benefit from project ambitions that favour reasonable rent levels. Therefore, Local Requirement Setting is indicative of a mismatch between the Local Planning Authority’s project ambitions and the standardized housing contractor’s degree of product standardization.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reading: Association of Researchers in Construction Management , 2015. Vol. 2, 1053-1062 p.
Research subject Timber Structures
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-26868ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84985994812Local ID: 0201108c-de56-47e5-aadf-a77a60becd54ISBN: 978-0-9552390-9-0 (PDF)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-26868DiVA: diva2:1000048
Annual ARCOM Conference : 07/09/2015 - 09/09/2015
Godkänd; 2015; Bibliografisk uppgift: Emerald Research methodology Award; 20150910 (vindak)2016-09-302016-09-302016-10-10Bibliographically approved