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A learning curve

Martin Molloy, IT transformation expert at PA Consulting Group shares his insights on joint ventures (JV) and IT infrastructure in Project magazine. 

The article notes that large scale construction projects in the UK are not delivered by single construction companies, but by JV whereby the financial and physical resources of some of the UK’s biggest firms and subcontractors are pooled.

Speaking about a JV approach to IT, Martin says that: “It is just not thought through well enough at present. There is definitely more work to be done on this throughout the industry. JV partners don’t tend to think about the technology outcomes or the kitbag of tools that will be needed on the project. Often, the approach is, ‘Take 50 per cent of our team and take 50 per cent of yours’, without properly matching the skills and capabilities of the IT people on the project. Partners often don’t realise that, in JV, they have to create a distinct identity, not just offer up the best practice of each partner without any true collaboration.” 

Martin goes on to state that JV partners become too precious of their own IT systems and are not flexible enough in their thinking. 

He concludes by saying that: “They fight for their own IT systems and technologies to be on the project, rather than looking at solutions. The partners try to mash them together and lose the focus on the customer. It becomes a political game.”



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