Holistically assessing collaborative culture in the AEC industry

Sujan, Sujesh Francis, Wynford Jones, Steve, Kiviniemi, Arto, Wheatcroft, Jacqueline M. ORCID: 0000-0001-7212-1598 and Mwiya, Bwalimu (2020) Holistically assessing collaborative culture in the AEC industry. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 25. pp. 272-286. doi:10.36680/j.itcon.2020.016

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The insufficient understanding and literature on people collaborating in the Architectural-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry has prompted researchers to investigate this by conducting project-to-project comparisons. A mixed method-based comparison of two construction projects’ design teams was made in order to present factors to be considered in fostering a positive collaborative culture. Client knowledge and involvement, existing relationships between teams, stronger informal collaboration, a decentralised leadership style and the adequate monetary motivation to a firm were found to be most critical. The study also assessed whether the use of holistic analysis methods can quantitatively show the differences between the projects; in particular, which project had a more positive collaborative culture. The perception based method used correlated the variance of perception of the teamwork environment and systemic risk to the projects with a more positive collaborative culture; 80% of constructs (some postulated attribute of people assumed, to reflect in test performance) supported the qualitative data. Additionally, assessments of the personalities of respondents from the project with a more collaborative culture also showed higher collective agreeableness. Findings suggest that projects with more changes, more assumptions made and uncertainty in requirements affect the collaborative culture negatively.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaboration; Construction industry; Social science; Personality; Holistic analysis; Human factor
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2020 12:18
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:04
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8332

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