Organizing Construction Practices in Different Cultural Contexts

Christian Thuesen, Christian K. S. Rasmussen

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    This paper presents in-depth case studies of construction practices with a specific focus on understanding the emergent and dynamic nature of construction management in different cultural contexts. The cases are based on actual working-experiences by the author as an assistant project manager participating in the construction management on site working for three different contractors in different cultural contexts: (1) Construir Futuro S.A. in Quito, Ecuador; (2) Anker Hansen & co. A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark; and (3) E. Pihl & Soen A/S in Stockholm, Sweden. Based on these explorative case studies a number of characteristics and challenges related to the cultural context have been identified highlighting a central issue in existing and future construction practices due to the globalization and thereby increasing importance of cultural understanding in project-based organizing. The empirical findings emphasize a significant influence of the cultural context on construction practices and suggest a general need to recognize the diversity rather than suppressing it. Lack of cultural understanding and recognition of its diversity may lead to considerable managerial challenges in construction practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th Annual ARCOM Conference
    PublisherARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management
    Publication date2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event29th Annual ARCOM conference - The University of Reading and Reading Town Hall, Reading, United Kingdom
    Duration: 2 Sep 20134 Sep 2013
    Conference number: 29th


    Conference29th Annual ARCOM conference
    LocationThe University of Reading and Reading Town Hall
    CountryUnited Kingdom


    • Case study
    • Construction practice
    • Cultural context
    • Modularity
    • Project-based production

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    Thuesen, C., & Rasmussen, C. K. S. (2013). Organizing Construction Practices in Different Cultural Contexts. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual ARCOM Conference (pp. 915-926). ARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.