|Culture in Construction - Part of the Deal|
|Edit date: 14-03-2017|
The University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, has published a report ‘Culture in Construction – Part of the Deal?’, edited by Dr.ir.Wilco Tijhuis on behalf of the CIB Task Group TG23 ‘Culture in Construction’ and its joint-coordinators, Dr.Richard Fellows and Dr. David Seymour. It presents the results of a two-day workshop, held in 2000 at the University of Twente.
Main goal of the workshop was to examine an structurize the research, undertaken by members of TG23 in the broad context of construction industry practices and issues. This, to promote more extensive examination of the operation, perspectives and ‘dimensions’ of ‘culture’ in construction. The results suggest that progress towards this goal is well under way.
As the partticipants were mainly academics and professionals from construction industry, there was an interesting exchange of theory, viewpoints and experiences from all over the world. Nationalities were e.g. British, Hong Kong-Chinese, Australian and Dutch.
In a general way, some particular outcomes are grouped into key-issues. Not only from an academic viewpoint, but also from a viewpoint of practical use:
With participants in construction industry the importance of culture and its impact and influence on the process and product of construction business was discussed, interlinked to the need for multi-cultural teams in researching these issues.
Trust and Understanding:
The role of ‘trust’ (and ‘distrust’) was discussed, especially in the field of possible reasons for understanding (or misunderstanding) differences in culture.
Several theoretical frameworks were discussed. It was agreed that ‘the’ framework does not exist - continuous improvements and adaptations are needed, based on thorough research into practice and theory, using existing models as starting point.
Doing culture-research from inside organisations introduces the risk of ‘becoming too close’. Aspects of this dilemma have been discussed.
The publication contains the following chapters:
• CIB TG23 – Culture in Construction;
• Construction Research and Culture’s Impact;
• Culture’s Role in the CIB;
• Conclusions and Recommendations;
• Future of TG23;
DIN A5, illustrated. Together with the summaries (in English and Dutch), the introduction and the appendices, the report contains 95 pages.
It is especially interesting for those, who are active in construction-research, with or without an international focus, while culture has its impact on all levels in projects and processes in construction industry.
Also professionals from construction industry will find useful aspects and experiences, especially those who want to know more clearly possible reasons for ‘failures’ or specific ‘events’ in their local, regional, national or international processes and projects. And last but not least, also for policy-makers, consultants and other interested parties it gives useful understanding and discussion-points for looking to ‘culture as part of the deal’!
CIB members Euro 20
Non members Euro 25
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