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Article: Relational approach in managing construction project safety: a social capital perspective

TitleRelational approach in managing construction project safety: a social capital perspective
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherElsevier Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/336/description#description
Citation
Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2012, v. 48, p. 134-144 How to Cite?
AbstractExisting initiatives in the management of construction project safety are largely based on normative compliance and error prevention, a risk management approach. Although advantageous, these approaches are not wholly successful in further lowering accident rates. A major limitation lies with the approaches' lack of emphasis on the social and team processes inherent in construction project settings. We advance the enquiry by invoking the concept of social capital and project organisational processes, and their impacts on project safety performance. Because social capital is a primordial concept and affects project participants' interactions, its impact on project safety performance is hypothesised to be indirect, i.e. the impact of social capital on safety performance is mediated by organisational processes in adaptation and cooperation. A questionnaire survey was conducted within Hong Kong construction industry to test the hypotheses. 376 usable responses were received and used for analyses. The results reveal that, while the structural dimension is not significant, the mediational thesis is generally supported with the cognitive and relational dimensions affecting project participants' adaptation and cooperation, and the latter two processes affect safety performance. However, the cognitive dimension also directly affects safety performance. The implications of these results for project safety management are discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135444
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.07
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.109
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dc.contributor.authorKoh, TYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorRowlinson, Sen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T01:35:18Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T01:35:18Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAccident Analysis & Prevention, 2012, v. 48, p. 134-144en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0001-4575en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135444-
dc.description.abstractExisting initiatives in the management of construction project safety are largely based on normative compliance and error prevention, a risk management approach. Although advantageous, these approaches are not wholly successful in further lowering accident rates. A major limitation lies with the approaches' lack of emphasis on the social and team processes inherent in construction project settings. We advance the enquiry by invoking the concept of social capital and project organisational processes, and their impacts on project safety performance. Because social capital is a primordial concept and affects project participants' interactions, its impact on project safety performance is hypothesised to be indirect, i.e. the impact of social capital on safety performance is mediated by organisational processes in adaptation and cooperation. A questionnaire survey was conducted within Hong Kong construction industry to test the hypotheses. 376 usable responses were received and used for analyses. The results reveal that, while the structural dimension is not significant, the mediational thesis is generally supported with the cognitive and relational dimensions affecting project participants' adaptation and cooperation, and the latter two processes affect safety performance. However, the cognitive dimension also directly affects safety performance. The implications of these results for project safety management are discussed.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/336/description#descriptionen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAccident Analysis & Preventionen_HK
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Accident Analysis & Prevention. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2012, v. 48, p. 134-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.03.020-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshAccidents, Occupational - prevention and control - psychology-
dc.subject.meshAdaptation, Psychological-
dc.subject.meshConstruction Industry - organization and administration - standards-
dc.subject.meshCooperative Behavior-
dc.subject.meshInterpersonal Relations-
dc.titleRelational approach in managing construction project safety: a social capital perspectiveen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailKoh, TY: tasykoh@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailRowlinson, S: hrecsmr@hku.hken_HK
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dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-84861908710&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume48en_HK
dc.identifier.spage134en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridKoh, TY=36011696300en_HK
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