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Chew, D A S and Liu, G (2004) Creating and sustaining international competitiveness of Chinese construction firms. In: Khosrowshahi, F (Ed.), Proceedings 20th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2004, Edinburgh, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 362–71.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: Chinese construction firms; competitiveness; internationalisation; strategy
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 9 4
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2004-0362-0371_Chew_and_Liu.pdf
  • Abstract:
    The international business of Chinese construction firms (CCFs) has witnessed progressive development since the country's open-door policy in 1979. Currently CCFs are actively involved in international construction projects in more than 190 countries or regions. 43 CCFs made it to the list of ENR Top 225 International Contractors in 2003. This research examines CCFs' international performance and their current status, with the aim of tailoring suitable competitive strategies for them. The research reviews the existing literature on CCFs' internationalisation and extends its scope to include strategies for improving their international competitiveness. The strengths and weaknesses of CCFs are analyzed and compared to other international contractors. The overall competitiveness for CCFs' internationalisation is discussed and a conceptual model of competitive strategy is postulated. This model will be validated through questionnaire survey, personal interview and case study in future.