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Bresnen, M and Swan, J (2002) Understanding the implementation of new management initiatives in the construction firm. In: Greenwood, D (Ed.), Proceedings 18th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2002, Northumbria, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 657–66.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: human resource management; knowledge management; managing change; organizational culture
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 7 8
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2002-657-666_Bresnen_and_Swan.pdf
  • Abstract:
    There has been a proliferation in recent years of new management initiatives in the UK and other construction industries, many of which have been associated with calls for transformations of culture within the firm and within the industry more generally. Yet, despite these initiatives, very little research has been conducted that has focused specifically on the mechanisms and processes by which such initiatives are implemented and how these are affected by factors associated with the complexity of project work and organization. This paper sets out to add to knowledge in this area, by reporting on ongoing research in the UK designed specifically to focus upon the challenges of implementation and the problems of attempting to diffuse knowledge about new ways of working throughout the construction firm. The paper presents a discussion of the factors likely to influence the management of change in the construction industry and reports on the early stages of a research project designed to investigate the impact of new management initiatives.