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Article: Bureaucratic Culture in Public and Private Construction Project Organisations

TitleBureaucratic Culture in Public and Private Construction Project Organisations
Authors
KeywordsBureaucracy
Red tape
Construction project organisations
Public sector
Private sector
Issue Date2006
PublisherTaylor & Francis, co-published with the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tjcm20#.Vi7q2X4rIdU
Citation
International Journal of Construction Management, 2006, v. 6 n. 1, p. 81-95 How to Cite?
AbstractProjects are commissioned by public and private client organisations, which have different organizational cultures and structures that dictate the rules and procedures to be followed in project procurement. It has long been perceived that public organisations are more bureaucratic than private organisations, yet empirical evidence is not entirely conclusive. The research objective in this study is to examine the extent of bureaucracy and red tape in construction project organisations in the public and private sectors. The methodology comprises two parts: the first part is a questionnaire survey of project participants’ perceived extent of bureaucracy and red tape in project organisations, and the second part is a comparative case study of a public and a private client project organisation. The long debated argument of “organisations in the public sector are generally more bureaucratic than those in the private sector” is supported. In addition, it is found that there is some correlation among bureaucratic features and between bureaucracy and red tape. The public organisation in the case study has set up more rules and procedures in both the control and operating systems, and has a greater demand on role delineation/specialisation.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/222798
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.203

 

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dc.contributor.authorLiu, AMM-
dc.contributor.authorLam, BC-
dc.contributor.authorFellows, R-
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-29T07:18:38Z-
dc.date.available2016-01-29T07:18:38Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Construction Management, 2006, v. 6 n. 1, p. 81-95-
dc.identifier.issn1562-3599-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/222798-
dc.description.abstractProjects are commissioned by public and private client organisations, which have different organizational cultures and structures that dictate the rules and procedures to be followed in project procurement. It has long been perceived that public organisations are more bureaucratic than private organisations, yet empirical evidence is not entirely conclusive. The research objective in this study is to examine the extent of bureaucracy and red tape in construction project organisations in the public and private sectors. The methodology comprises two parts: the first part is a questionnaire survey of project participants’ perceived extent of bureaucracy and red tape in project organisations, and the second part is a comparative case study of a public and a private client project organisation. The long debated argument of “organisations in the public sector are generally more bureaucratic than those in the private sector” is supported. In addition, it is found that there is some correlation among bureaucratic features and between bureaucracy and red tape. The public organisation in the case study has set up more rules and procedures in both the control and operating systems, and has a greater demand on role delineation/specialisation.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis, co-published with the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tjcm20#.Vi7q2X4rIdU-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Construction Management-
dc.rightsPREPRINT This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] [year of publication] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the open URL of your article POSTPRINT This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI]-
dc.subjectBureaucracy-
dc.subjectRed tape-
dc.subjectConstruction project organisations-
dc.subjectPublic sector-
dc.subjectPrivate sector-
dc.titleBureaucratic Culture in Public and Private Construction Project Organisations-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLiu, AMM: ammliu@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailFellows, R: fellows@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLiu, AMM=rp01432-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/15623599.2006.10773083-
dc.identifier.hkuros122140-
dc.identifier.volume6-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage81-
dc.identifier.epage95-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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