Measures to help individuals develop open mind-sets and re-think assumptions which frequently prove a barrier to collaborative working will be explored in a presentation at Digital Construction Week.

Elizabeth Kavanagh, PCSG’s transformation and change specialist and an authority on construction collaboration, will demonstrate why thinking afresh about long-held beliefs is critical to fostering high-performing environments and the significant upsides they generate.

“If you want to truly achieve collaboration then that means undergoing a mindset shift – but how do we do this whilst embedded in our current ways of working?” she said.

“Questioning our own assumptions is a way to make sure that the things we hold true are examined to see whether they fit for an integrated way of working.”

Elizabeth will also join Nigel Blundell of Pinsent Masons and Louise Lado Byrnes of IPI Initiatives in a separate presentation at the event: ‘Three key views on Collaboration – insurance, legal and behavioural.’

New and emerging technologies and a data-centred approach are fundamentally changing the way that buildings and infrastructure are being designed, built and operated and helping to reduce cost and increase productivity in the notoriously inefficient sector.

Alongside the process and technologies though, it has long been recognised that a critical element of achieving this change is in abandoning the industry’s frequently adversarial models of working.

Responses to this have included the Institution of Civil Engineers Project13 initiative.

Another trailblazing programme is the Outcomes Based Contracting Approach being deployed at Sellafield Ltd to enable it to meet the challenge of cleaning-up the early operations at the Cumbrian site. PCSG worked as an integrated member of the project team helping to launch and embed the OBC approach.

Elizabeth joined PCSG last month in a dual role as a Senior Consultant, specialising in transformation and change, and internally as the Head of HR.

Previously, she spent 15 years heading up HR and Research and Innovation at Stride Treglown, one of the country’s leading architectural practices.

Elizabeth  led the Culture stream of the Digital Built Britain programme and, six years ago,  founded the group, Behaviours4Collaboration, aimed at promoting a culture of collaboration in construction and providing ‘best-practice’ case studies.


For more information about PCSG’s work supporting clients in delivering transformation programmes through alternative approaches which frequently involve changes in mindsets, cultures and behaviours please email Elizabeth