The role of project managers in construction industry development

Hills, Martyn J., Fox, Paul W., Skitmore, Martin, Hon, Carol K.H., & Fong, Patrick S. W. (2008) The role of project managers in construction industry development. In Bridge, Carolyn (Ed.) AACE International's 52nd Annual Meeting & ICEC's 6th World Congress on Cost Engineering, Project Managment and Quantity Surveying, 29 June - 02 July 2008, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


This paper reports on an international study into construction industry development that was used as a framework for a study into Hong Kong's construction industry and, based on the findings, argues that the role of a project manager is important to the development of the industry. Having used the same approach for both studies allowed for comparison with and validation of the international generic model. Statistical factor analysis was used to generate the following eight factors that are currently active in the development of Hong Kong's construction industry: financial resources; physical resources; competition; coordination and cooperation; government intervention; long-term vision and policy; communication between government and the industry; and a learning culture. Whilst these factors are sometimes different to the generic model, there is more that they have in common. Many of these have important implications for the role of project managers in the industry. The findings explained in this paper are helpful to all stakeholders in the construction industry from project managers to policy makers world-wide, who face similar challenges to those found in Hong Kong when considering how to best contribute towards the development of their particular construction industry. The paper provides clear examples to show that project managers are in the unique position of being able to significantly influence and effectively promote construction industry development through their management skills and values at various levels, including those at the grass-roots.

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ID Code: 15092
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: construction industry development, project managers, knowledge management, role
ISBN: 9781885517688
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Quantity Surveying (120203)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 AACE International
Copyright Statement: Reprinted with the permission of AACE International, 209 Prairie Ave., Suite 100, Morgantown, WV 25601 USA. Phone 800-858-COST/304-296-8444. Fax: 304-291-5728. Internet: E-mail: Copyright © 2008, by AACE International; all rights reserved.
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 04:01

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