Coaching at the Building Site – A Feasibility Study

Christian Koch, Morten Alsdorf, Dag Sander

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    Coaching has become widely used in business, and is well described. However it is rarely used in construction. This makes a contrast to the poor performance of site interaction, leading to a vast amount of reported cooperation and coordination problems. This paper investigates the feasibility of a coaching approach to site management. The coach is a person who helps and guides another person or group to maximize his /their own capacity. Coaching arguably is useful in many different work situations, for example problem solving, group working and planning. These assumptions are evaluated through observations in a building site operating with lean construction, where the managers did not use coaching consciously in their interaction with employees. 29 participant observations of five of the managers at the building site were carried out, at individual- and group meetings. Coaching can be used successfully at a building site, in certain specific situations. The feeling of security is important for the focus persons at the building site and is best obtained in the open air. The way the leader acts towards the employee/focus person is decisive. Consciousness and responsibility is developed by the manager asking relevant questions back, instead of just answering the employees’ questions. It would be appropriate to inform about the use of coaching in the beginning of a building project. The situations not suitable for coaching are for example those where an order has to be given, or in situations where a dialogue would work better
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 22th Annual Conference ARCOM : Association of Researchers in Construction Management
    EditorsDavid Boyd
    Number of pages1029
    Volumevol 1
    Place of PublicationBirmingham
    PublisherARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management
    Publication date2006
    ISBN (Print)0-9552390-0-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event22nd Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management - University of Western England, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Sep 20066 Sep 2006
    Conference number: 22


    Conference22nd Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management
    LocationUniversity of Western England
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • lean construction
    • building site
    • Denmark
    • coaching


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