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Brady, T, Davies, A and Gann, D (2005) Can integrated solutions business models work in construction?. Building Research & Information, 33(06), 571–9.

Bresnen, M, Goussevskaia, A and Swan, J (2005) Implementing change in construction project organizations: exploring the interplay between structure and agency. Building Research & Information, 33(06), 547–60.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: change management; organizational change; practice-based learning; project management; social context; structuration theory
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=v131024839023353
  • Abstract:
    Although change in management culture and practice has been a recurrent theme in recent years, there is comparatively little research available that explores the issues and challenges facing construction firms as they attempt to implement management ‘best practices'. Yet, understanding the complex social processes involved is vital if the industry is to respond effectively to prescriptions for organizational change. This paper draws upon Giddens’ (1984) structuration theory to explore the effects of the relationship between structural conditions and managerial agency on attempts to introduce change within project-based organization. The paper reports research from case studies of changed management practice in two UK construction firms. The main findings demonstrate the impact of dispersed managerial practices on the interpretative and normative rules deployed by project managers and the power resources mobilized by companies and individuals as they seek to impose, accept or resist change.

Cicmil, S and Marshall, D (2005) Insights into collaboration at the project level: complexity, social interaction and procurement mechanisms. Building Research & Information, 33(06), 523–35.

Green, S D and May, S C (2005) Lean construction: arenas of enactment, models of diffusion and the meaning of 'leanness'. Building Research & Information, 33(06), 498–511.

Harty, C (2005) Innovation in construction: a sociology of technology approach. Building Research & Information, 33(06), 512–22.

Koch, C and Bendixen, M (2005) Multiple perspectives on organizing: projects between tyranny and perforation. Building Research & Information, 33(06), 536–46.

Rooke, J and Clark, L (2005) Learning, knowledge and authority on site: a case study of safety practice. Building Research & Information, 33(06), 561–70.