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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.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: Competitive strategy, narrative turn, international contracting, Turkish contractors, narrative analysis
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9955463-1-8
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/89d1fd654cdb2dac7d3dcdbbfb2e5345.pdf
  • Abstract:

    Recent years have witnessed the increasing acceptance of the ‘narrative turn’ in the study of strategy. Such approaches accentuate the socially constructed and discursive nature of competitive strategy. However, as yet little attention has been given to narrative approaches within the context of construction management. The central argument of the narrative perspective is that individuals make sense of the world by telling stories. However, narratives do not emerge just as individual stories; there are also composite narratives reflecting more formal and institutionalized macro stories. Such multi-level and many-voiced stories aggregate over time and constitute a narrative infrastructure drawing from broader narrative building blocks. Connecting the past, present and future temporally, narratives of competitive strategy constitute an overall sense of direction in present day decision-making and generate possibilities for further actions. Drawing on the twin concepts of ‘narrative infrastructure’ and ‘narrative building blocks’, the described research aims to deconstruct the formal sector-level narrative of Turkish contractors. The rationale for focusing on Turkish contractors is that they have consistently demonstrated a high propensity for risk by operating in markets, which others perceive to be politically instable and hostile.

    The empirical data comprises governmental and institutional level strategy texts that portrays the strategic development of Turkish contractors in international contracting. Especially important are the publications of Turkish Contractors Association (TCA), which constitutes the strongest voice at the sectorial level and serves a continual point of reference for contracting firms. The strategy texts produced by the TCA demonstrate the internationalization of Turkish contractors as an epic story, in which managers are depicted as quasi-heroic characters striving to establish their firms in emerging markets. Empirical analysis will deconstruct the emplotment and genre structure of such strategy texts. The findings will illustrate how such narrative framing enable the discourse of direction and what narrative building blocks are mobilized to constitute the narrative infrastructure for contracting firms.

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.

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.