The increasing complexity of certain projects give rise to new types of internal contracts inside the firm. These internal contracts should be seen as supports aimed at better controlling the balance between centralization and decentralization. They can also be seen as a means of conciliating planning and learning issues necessary to coordinate interdependent activities in a very uncertain environment. To analyze these contracts, a case study is presented that concerns a French firm in the car industry. This French firm followed, and contributed to, the setting up of contracts to better master new car design processes.

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Conference Proceedings of the 1996 40th Annual Meeting of AACE International
Nakhla, M.S, & Soler, Louis Georges. (1996). Internal contracts, cost engineering, and organizational problems. In AACE International. Transactions of the Annual Meeting.