This paper presents in-depth case studies of construction practices with a specific focus on understanding the emergent and dynamic nature of construction management in different cultural contexts. The cases are based on actual working-experiences by the author as an assistant project manager participating in the construction management on site working for three different contractors in different cultural contexts: (1) Construir Futuro S.A. in Quito, Ecuador; (2) Anker Hansen & co. A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark; and (3) E. Pihl & Soen A/S in Stockholm, Sweden. Based on these explorative case studies a number of characteristics and challenges related to the cultural context have been identified highlighting a central issue in existing and future construction practices due to the globalization and thereby increasing importance of cultural understanding in project-based organizing. The empirical findings emphasize a significant influence of the cultural context on construction practices and suggest a general need to recognize the diversity rather than suppressing it. Lack of cultural understanding and recognition of its diversity may lead to considerable managerial challenges in construction practices.
Proceedings of the 29th Annual Arcom Conference, 2013, p. 915-926
Case study; Construction practice; Cultural context; Modularity; Project-based production
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29th Annual ARCOM conference, 2013
ARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management