October 2011


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Career office <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 6 Oct 2011 13:44:00 +0200
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Start date: asap.

Phase 1: approx. 4 months
Phase 2 (optional): 2-4 months

Location: Leusden (mainly)



The Dutch (and European) Construction industry in the last 15 years has 
seen the arrival of new contract types, enabling a more distant role for 
the client and requiring integrated responsibility for the contract 
accepting party. These integrated contracts, often comprising Design, 
Build, Finance & Maintain (DBFM) responsibilities (or a selection) 
require contractors to seek new ways to organize their work and 
cooperation with third parties. This new process of cooperation, called 
Value Chain Integration (Ketenintegratie), is currently a hot topic 
within the sector and high on the agenda of “Bouwend Nederland”, who 
actively supports approaching and involving the target group for the 
online survey.

These contracts can be smaller or larger, comprising multiple or just a 
few firms to work together. Well known cases relate often to larger 
infrastructural projects (eg Noord-Zuid lijn Amsterdam), that appear to 
be difficult to control as quality issues and budget overruns are often 
the case. Despite quite some reports about effective cooperation models, 
the good intentions of contract partners and organizational measures, it 
appears difficult to implement sustainable ways of working that deliver 
projects within the required specification.
Objective and procedure

Obtain thorough understanding of the obstacles that hinder the 
realization of effective Value Chain Integration and provide (a first 
view on) solutions that counter the underlying causes. Provide the best 
practices (break through) for Value Chain Integration in Construction 
Management. Regarding scope and focus of the research, there is room for 
the student to decide with us what should be in- & excluded.

In our research we focus on the building (housing & utility buildings) & 
infrastructural sector, but also strive to include the perspectives of 
clients, engineers, installation contractors and suppliers. The main 
data gathering will be executed through a web based questionnaire via a 
specific portal. The interpretation of analysis and findings will be 
discussed through several interviews with directors at important 

The outcome of this survey, should be an analysis report where the 
obtained market data have been processed and conclusions are drawn. The 
focus is on a high quality report that provides new understanding and 
views on Value Chain Integration.


Turner is a recognized Dutch Management Consulting firm, already for the 
last 17 years delivering high value services to our customers. We focus 
on the execution of strategy and have an excellent track record in the 
design and implementation of organizational change. Our philosophy is 
that true corporate success, derives from balancing both business 
economics & planning with mobilisation of employees and building their 
trust & commitment. We work, with approx 50 consultants, from our office 
in Leusden, and service the larger firms on the Dutch market. We have a 
strategic focus on various sectors both in commercial and public sector. 
Within our practice for the Construction & Industrial sector, we focus 
on Project Oriented Companies. It is in this practice that a research 
engagement is prepared, in close cooperation with the Dutch Construction 
& Infrastructure Federation “Bouwend Nederland”. For this high profile 
engagement we seek energetic ambitious students to support, facilitate 
and execute the research works, in close cooperation with Turner 

Contact person: Jeroen Dekkers, Practice Leader for Bouw & Industry, Turner

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Mobile: 06-1016 0771

Fixed: 033 – 2859 300

NOTE: please notify (CC) your application or contact also to Peter van 
Kampen within the SOM bureau at the faculty of Economics & Business

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Any student, preferably with focus on business & organizational design & 
behaviour, and having (some) affinity with Construction Industry or 
Project Oriented Companies, is welcome to respond. We are seeking 
enthousiastic and ambitious students that want to keep pace in the 
research task. If you are interested, please respond by mail and add 
your cv and a short clarification why the project appealed to you. In 
case you require further information, please do not hesitate to call me 
at my mobile.

Kind regards,

Elise Kamphuis&  Lykke Hendriks
University of Groningen
Faculty of Economics&  Business
Career Office
Nettelbosje 2
9747 AE  Groningen
Postbus 800
9700 AV Groningen
The Netherlands
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