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Conference Paper: Culture as a component of complexity in construction

TitleCulture as a component of complexity in construction
Authors
KeywordsComplexity
Culture
Performance
Systems
Issue Date2010
PublisherCIB Task Group.
Citation
The 2010 World Congress of CIB on Building a Better World, University of Salford, Salford, U.K., 10-14 May 2010. In Proceedings: TG59 and W112 - Special Track 18th CIB World Building Congress, 2010, p. 192-204 How to Cite?
AbstractBoth culture and construction have been suggested to be complex – culture as relating to, even governing, human behaviour and construction as a context in which human activities occur in the design, production, occupation, and use and disposal of major artefacts: buildings and infrastructure. Indeed, construction has been subject to various definitions and categorisations of complexity to assist analysis of the processes employed in the realisation and use of its outputs; including consideration of managerial and technical complexity. Historically, intuitive understanding of what constitute complex construction projects was supplemented with naïve objective measurements – such as the proportionate cost of building services. However, such approaches have failed to be very helpful in gaining understanding of the relationships between inputs to the realisations, the transformations within the processes and the resultant performance outputs. Following on from chaos theory, the emerging field of complexity theory, with its emphasis on linkages within systems and the ‘softer’ elements, has significant potential for providing insights. Hence, this paper examines culture in the context of and application to construction organisations and projects using the perspectives of complexity theory towards helping to determine a more detailed research agenda in the hope of gaining significantly greater understanding through this paradigm.
DescriptionW112 Culture in Construction: Paper ID: 798
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136494

 

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dc.contributor.authorFellows, Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Aen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T02:17:02Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T02:17:02Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2010 World Congress of CIB on Building a Better World, University of Salford, Salford, U.K., 10-14 May 2010. In Proceedings: TG59 and W112 - Special Track 18th CIB World Building Congress, 2010, p. 192-204en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136494-
dc.descriptionW112 Culture in Construction: Paper ID: 798-
dc.description.abstractBoth culture and construction have been suggested to be complex – culture as relating to, even governing, human behaviour and construction as a context in which human activities occur in the design, production, occupation, and use and disposal of major artefacts: buildings and infrastructure. Indeed, construction has been subject to various definitions and categorisations of complexity to assist analysis of the processes employed in the realisation and use of its outputs; including consideration of managerial and technical complexity. Historically, intuitive understanding of what constitute complex construction projects was supplemented with naïve objective measurements – such as the proportionate cost of building services. However, such approaches have failed to be very helpful in gaining understanding of the relationships between inputs to the realisations, the transformations within the processes and the resultant performance outputs. Following on from chaos theory, the emerging field of complexity theory, with its emphasis on linkages within systems and the ‘softer’ elements, has significant potential for providing insights. Hence, this paper examines culture in the context of and application to construction organisations and projects using the perspectives of complexity theory towards helping to determine a more detailed research agenda in the hope of gaining significantly greater understanding through this paradigm.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCIB Task Group.-
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of CIB World Building Congressen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectComplexity-
dc.subjectCulture-
dc.subjectPerformance-
dc.subjectSystems-
dc.titleCulture as a component of complexity in constructionen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailFellows, R: fellows@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLiu, A: ammliu@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLiu, A=rp01432en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros188779en_US
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dc.identifier.epage204-
dc.description.otherThe 2010 World Congress of CIB on Building a Better World, University of Salford, Salford, U.K., 10-14 May 2010. In Proceedings: TG59 and W112 - Special Track 18th CIB World Building Congress, 2010, p. 192-204-

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