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Decision-making when organising facilities for a school : a participatory action research approach. / Uotila, Ulrika; Saari, Arto; Junnonen, Juha-Matti.

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title = "Decision-making when organising facilities for a school: a participatory action research approach",
abstract = "Purpose: Public authorities are required to organise new facilities to respond to changed user demands in terms of a public-owned school. The number of pupils attending the case study school will increase in the following years, as will the number of children attending a day nursery located on the present campus. In addition, the users of the campus have complained of building-related symptoms. This study aims to understand the municipal decision-making process in organising the school’s facilities, in particular, the factors used for decreasing uncertainty around a project. Design/methodology/approach: This study is a case study undertaken through an action research approach. The researchers participated in the project planning meetings concerning the future activities to take place in the building. Findings: Over a 13-month period, multiple stakeholders participated in the project planning meetings providing a deeper understanding of the space demands posed, current challenges and opportunities offered by the existing building. In addition, the alternative solutions generated were evaluated. The problem identification and information gathering periods lasted over nine months, which was far longer than predicted. Thus, generating alternative solutions and evaluation of the solutions also delayed. As the entire process was delayed substantially, the final decision on organising the facilities was not made during this research. Practical implications: This research may be of practical value for a property owner and a project team for decision-making concerning changed facility demands. Originality/value: This paper provides information about how public authorities are making decisions on facility organisation during conditions of uncertainty.",
keywords = "Building-related symptoms, Facility organisation, Project planning, Public decision-making, School facilities, Uncertainty management",
author = "Ulrika Uotila and Arto Saari and Juha-Matti Junnonen",
year = "2020",
doi = "10.1108/F-10-2019-0113",
language = "English",
journal = "Facilities",
issn = "0263-2772",
publisher = "Emerald",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Decision-making when organising facilities for a school

T2 - a participatory action research approach

AU - Uotila, Ulrika

AU - Saari, Arto

AU - Junnonen, Juha-Matti

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - Purpose: Public authorities are required to organise new facilities to respond to changed user demands in terms of a public-owned school. The number of pupils attending the case study school will increase in the following years, as will the number of children attending a day nursery located on the present campus. In addition, the users of the campus have complained of building-related symptoms. This study aims to understand the municipal decision-making process in organising the school’s facilities, in particular, the factors used for decreasing uncertainty around a project. Design/methodology/approach: This study is a case study undertaken through an action research approach. The researchers participated in the project planning meetings concerning the future activities to take place in the building. Findings: Over a 13-month period, multiple stakeholders participated in the project planning meetings providing a deeper understanding of the space demands posed, current challenges and opportunities offered by the existing building. In addition, the alternative solutions generated were evaluated. The problem identification and information gathering periods lasted over nine months, which was far longer than predicted. Thus, generating alternative solutions and evaluation of the solutions also delayed. As the entire process was delayed substantially, the final decision on organising the facilities was not made during this research. Practical implications: This research may be of practical value for a property owner and a project team for decision-making concerning changed facility demands. Originality/value: This paper provides information about how public authorities are making decisions on facility organisation during conditions of uncertainty.

AB - Purpose: Public authorities are required to organise new facilities to respond to changed user demands in terms of a public-owned school. The number of pupils attending the case study school will increase in the following years, as will the number of children attending a day nursery located on the present campus. In addition, the users of the campus have complained of building-related symptoms. This study aims to understand the municipal decision-making process in organising the school’s facilities, in particular, the factors used for decreasing uncertainty around a project. Design/methodology/approach: This study is a case study undertaken through an action research approach. The researchers participated in the project planning meetings concerning the future activities to take place in the building. Findings: Over a 13-month period, multiple stakeholders participated in the project planning meetings providing a deeper understanding of the space demands posed, current challenges and opportunities offered by the existing building. In addition, the alternative solutions generated were evaluated. The problem identification and information gathering periods lasted over nine months, which was far longer than predicted. Thus, generating alternative solutions and evaluation of the solutions also delayed. As the entire process was delayed substantially, the final decision on organising the facilities was not made during this research. Practical implications: This research may be of practical value for a property owner and a project team for decision-making concerning changed facility demands. Originality/value: This paper provides information about how public authorities are making decisions on facility organisation during conditions of uncertainty.

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KW - Facility organisation

KW - Project planning

KW - Public decision-making

KW - School facilities

KW - Uncertainty management

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JO - Facilities

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