Rethinking Leadership in Construction Partnering Projects: Research Methodological Perspective

Niraj Thurairajah, Richard Haigh, Dilanthi Amaratunga

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Abstract

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the use of partnering in
construction. Central to any successful partnering arrangement is the change in cultural and behavioural characteristics towards mutual trust and understanding. According to Schein, cultural and behavioural characteristics can be shaped and reflected by proper leadership. This research probes leadership as the response to address complex relationships of behaviour and culture in large scale partnering projects. This involves understanding, interpreting, explaining and mapping complex human behaviour. Therefore it is very important to comprehend and implement a suitable research methodology to carefully extract appropriate information. This paper justifies the social constructionism stance and case study approach for the leadership study as the response to address complex relationships challenges of behaviour and culture in construction partnering projects. For this purpose, the nested approach is used, highlighting the main facets of the arguments to justify the selection of appropriate research philosophy and research approach
Original languageEnglish
Pages257-269
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conferences - TNO Delft, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 Apr 20067 Apr 2006

Conference

Conference6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment conferences
CountryNetherlands
CityRotterdam
Period3/04/067/04/06

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