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Article: Change in construction: A critical perspective

TitleChange in construction: A critical perspective
Authors
KeywordsBenchmarking
Best practice
Change management
Demonstration projects
Industry performance
Innovation
Key performance indicators
Organizational change
Reform movement
Issue Date2006
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09613218.html
Citation
Building Research And Information, 2006, v. 34 n. 2, p. 91-103 How to Cite?
AbstractChange within the construction sector has been a central concern of governments and a select few private-sector clients for a considerable time. The discourse of change emanating from organizations concerned with reform in the construction sector reflects these ongoing concerns for change in the sector. The underlying assumptions of the content of change and appropriate change mechanisms in the UK are critically examined and challenged. In particular, the limitations of measurement and best practice are explored. The allegiance to approaches based on measurement and best practice is acontextual, unreflective and insufficient in providing wholly reliable explanations for the relationship between practice and performance. Claims for the use of measurement and best practice by the reform movement must therefore be understood to have limitations and their use approached with caution. The emphasis on best practice is also understood to direct attention away from understanding the legitimacy of current practice and change within the UK construction sector. An agenda for change in the UK construction sector will need to engage with and be more reflective of current managerial practice and past change initiatives. Contextual approaches such as structuration theory offer a way in which to underpin a research framework that could support the reform movement in setting such an agenda.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/146362
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.196
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.433
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dc.contributor.authorFernie, Sen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeiringer, Ren_HK
dc.contributor.authorThorpe, Ten_HK
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dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBuilding Research And Information, 2006, v. 34 n. 2, p. 91-103en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0961-3218en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/146362-
dc.description.abstractChange within the construction sector has been a central concern of governments and a select few private-sector clients for a considerable time. The discourse of change emanating from organizations concerned with reform in the construction sector reflects these ongoing concerns for change in the sector. The underlying assumptions of the content of change and appropriate change mechanisms in the UK are critically examined and challenged. In particular, the limitations of measurement and best practice are explored. The allegiance to approaches based on measurement and best practice is acontextual, unreflective and insufficient in providing wholly reliable explanations for the relationship between practice and performance. Claims for the use of measurement and best practice by the reform movement must therefore be understood to have limitations and their use approached with caution. The emphasis on best practice is also understood to direct attention away from understanding the legitimacy of current practice and change within the UK construction sector. An agenda for change in the UK construction sector will need to engage with and be more reflective of current managerial practice and past change initiatives. Contextual approaches such as structuration theory offer a way in which to underpin a research framework that could support the reform movement in setting such an agenda.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09613218.htmlen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBuilding Research and Informationen_HK
dc.rightsThis is a pre-print version of the article: Fernie, S., Leiringer, R. and Thorpe, T. (2006). Change in construction: a critical perspective. Building Research and Information, 34(2), 91-103. The article is available at: http://pdfserve.informaworld.com/741268_731392193_741631499.pdf-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectBenchmarkingen_HK
dc.subjectBest practiceen_HK
dc.subjectChange managementen_HK
dc.subjectDemonstration projectsen_HK
dc.subjectIndustry performanceen_HK
dc.subjectInnovationen_HK
dc.subjectKey performance indicatorsen_HK
dc.subjectOrganizational changeen_HK
dc.subjectReform movementen_HK
dc.titleChange in construction: A critical perspectiveen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLeiringer, R:roine.leiringer@chalmers.seen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09613210500491639en_HK
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