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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 29th Annual ARCOM Conference|
|Publisher||ARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||29th Annual ARCOM conference - The University of Reading and Reading Town Hall, Reading, United Kingdom|
Duration: 2 Sep 2013 → 4 Sep 2013
Conference number: 29th
|Conference||29th Annual ARCOM conference|
|Location||The University of Reading and Reading Town Hall|
|Period||02/09/2013 → 04/09/2013|
- Case study
- Construction practice
- Cultural context
- Project-based production
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.