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Amakali, T R, Cook, G and Larsen, G D (2012) Striving for inclusive design in the built environment: Learning strategy adopted by policy implementers at Local Authorities in England . In: Smith, S.D (Ed.), Proceedings 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2012, Edinburgh, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 285–94.

Ballesteros-Pérez, P, Sanz-Ablanedo, E, Soetanto, R, González-Cruz, M C, Larsen, G D and Cerezo-Narváez, A (2020) Duration and Cost Variability of Construction Activities: An Empirical Study. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(01).

Boyd, P, Larsen, G D and Schweber, L (2014) Perspectives on the specification of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technology in construction projects. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 153–62.

Boyd, P, Larsen, G D and Schweber, L (2015) The co-development of technology and new buildings: incorporating building integrated photovoltaics. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 349-60.

Dania, A A, Larsen, G D and Ewart, I J (2014) Sustainable construction: Exploring the capabilities of Nigerian construction firms. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 3–12.

De Place Hansen, E J and Larsen, J N (2011) Employment and winter construction: a comparative analysis of Denmark and western European countries with a similar climate. Construction Management and Economics, 29(09), 875–90.

Duman, D U, Green, S D and Larsen, G D (2017) Competitive Strategy And The Role Of Narrative Infrastructure: The Case Of Turkish Contractors . In: Chan, P W and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 33rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 622–631.

Duman, D U, Green, S D and Larsen, G D (2019) Historical narratives as strategic resources: analysis of the Turkish international contracting sector. Construction Management and Economics, 37(07), 367–83.

Green, S D, Harty, C, Elmualim, A A, Larsen, G D and Kao, C C (2008) On the discourse of construction competitiveness. Building Research & Information, 36(05), 426–35.

Green, S D, Kao, C and Larsen, G D (2010) Contextualist Research: Iterating between Methods While Following an Empirically Grounded Approach. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(01), 117–26.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Research; Theories; Methodology; Construction management; Contextualist research; Coproduction; Ground theory; Interpretive research; Research methodology;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000027
  • Abstract:
    An alternative approach to research is described that has been developed through a succession of significant construction management research projects. The approach follows the principles of iterative grounded theory, whereby researchers iterate between alternative theoretical frameworks and emergent empirical data. Of particular importance is an orientation toward mixing methods, thereby overcoming the existing tendency to dichotomize quantitative and qualitative approaches. The approach is positioned against the existing contested literature on grounded theory, and the possibility of engaging with empirical data in a “theory free” manner is discounted. Emphasis instead is given to the way in which researchers must be theoretically sensitive as a result of being steeped in relevant literatures. Knowledge of existing literatures therefore shapes the initial research design; but emergent empirical findings cause fresh theoretical perspectives to be mobilized. The advocated approach is further aligned with notions of knowledge coproduction and the underlying principles of contextualist research. It is this unique combination of ideas which characterizes the paper's contribution to the research methodology literature within the field of construction management. Examples are provided and consideration is given to the extent to which the emergent findings are generalizable beyond the specific context from which they are derived.

Green, S D, Larsen, G D and Kao, C-C (2008) Competitive strategy revisited: contested concepts and dynamic capabilities. Construction Management and Economics, 26(01), 63–78.

Haugbølle, K, Larsen, J N and Nielsen, J (2019) Construction productivity revisited: towards measuring performance of construction output. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 26(05), 794–813.

Kao, C-C, Green, S D and Larsen, G D (2009) Emergent discourses of construction competitiveness: localized learning and embeddedness. Construction Management and Economics, 27(10), 1005–17.

Koch, C and Larsen, A (2018) Performance of Retrofit with ICT of Social Housing – Proving Technology Optimists Wrong?. In: Gorse, C and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2018, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 667–676.

Koch, C and Larsen, C S (2006) Quality in construction: a supply chain perspective. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2006 Birmingham, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 459–69.

Koch, C and Larsen, C S (2007) User driven innovation in mobile technologies?. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2007, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 481–91.

Larsen, G D (2005) A Polymorphic Framework for Understanding the Diffusion of Innovations within the UK Construction Industry, Unpublished PhD Thesis, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading.

Larsen, G D (2005) Horses for courses: relating innovation diffusion concepts to the stages of the diffusion process. Construction Management and Economics, 23(08), 787-92.

Larsen, G D (2011) Understanding the early stages of the innovation diffusion process: awareness, influence and communication networks. Construction Management and Economics, 29(10), 987–1002.

Larsen, G D and Ballal, T M A (2005) The diffusion of innovations within a UKCI context: an explanatory framework. Construction Management and Economics, 23(01), 81-91.

Larsen, G D and Whyte, J (2013) Safe construction through design: perspectives from the site team. Construction Management and Economics, 31(06), 675-90.

Larsen, J, K, Lindhard, S, M, Brunoe, T. D and Jensen, KN (2018) The Relation between Pre-planning, Commissioning and Enhanced Project Performance. Construction Economics and Building, 18(02), 1-14.

Lindhard, S and Larsen, J K (2016) Identifying the key process factors affecting project performance. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 23(05), 657-73.

Maradza, E, Whyte, J and Larsen, G D (2014) Interactive learning in UK construction practice: examining the role of BIM process standards. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 613–22.

Marsh, R, Larsen, V G and Kragh, M (2010) Housing and energy in Denmark: past, present, and future challenges. Building Research & Information, 38(01), 92–106.

Mejlænder-Larsen, & (2017) Using a change control system and building information modelling to manage change in design. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 13(01), 39–51.

Mejlænder-Larsen, & (2019) A three-step process for reporting progress in detail engineering using BIM, based on experiences from oil and gas projects. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 26(04), 648–67.

Piroozfar, P, Altan, H and Popovic-Larsen, O (2012) Design for sustainability: A comparative study of a customized modern method of construction versus conventional methods of construction. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(01), 55-75.

Rohde, L, Jensen, R L, Larsen, O K, Jønsson, K T and Larsen, T S (2021) Holistic indoor environmental quality assessment as a driver in early building design. Building Research & Information, 49(04), 460–81.

Rohde, L, Steen Larsen, T, Jensen, R L, Larsen, O K, Jønsson, K T and Loukou, E (2020) Determining indoor environmental criteria weights through expert panels and surveys. Building Research & Information, 48(04), 415–28.