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Understanding Organisational Culture in the Construction Industry

Coffey, Vaughan (2010) Understanding Organisational Culture in the Construction Industry. Spon Research. Spon Press/ Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, Oxon.

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Abstract

Since the early 1980s, researchers and practitioners in the organisational and management fields have presumed a link between organisational, or corporate, culture and organisational performance. Whilst many believe this exists, other authors have been critical of the validity of such studies. Part of this doubt stems from a reliance on measures of organisational performance that are based purely on financial measures of business growth. Using the construction industry as the subject of his research, Vaughan Coffey traces the development of the literature on organisational culture and business effectiveness and investigates the culture–performance link using a new and highly objective measure of company performance and an evaluation of organisational culture, which is largely behaviourally-based. Providing a theoretical contribution to the field, this work shows that various cultural traits appear to be closely linked to objectively measured organisational effectiveness. This book will be valuable to professionals and researchers in the fields of management and public policy. It indicates directions for construction companies to develop and change, and in doing so strengthen their chances of remaining strong when opportunities for work might deplete and only the most successful companies will be able to survive.----

Selected Contents: 1. An Introduction to Organizations, Culture, Performance and Construction 2. Organizations, Culture and Climate 3. Organizational Culture Studies 4. Measuring Organizational Performance and Effectiveness 5. Organizational Culture and Effectiveness – The Link Between Them 6. Research on the Relationship between Organizational Culture and Performance in Hong Kong Construction Companies 7. The Hong Kong Experiment – Presentation of Demographic Data, Overall Results and some Descriptive and Qualitative Analysis 8. Detailed Statistical Analysis of the Docs and Pass Data in Relation to the Major Research Questions 9. Four Hong Kong Construction Mini-Case Studies 10. Conclusions and Future Research Directions

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ID Code: 31661
Item Type: Book
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Keywords: Construction industry, Corporate culture, Success in business
ISBN: 9780415425940
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building not elsewhere classified (120299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2010 12:49
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:16

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