The application of social network analysis in the construction industry of Hong Kong

Chan, Albert P.C., Javed, Arshad Ali, Wong, Francis K.W., Hon, Carol K.H., Zahoor, Hafiz, & Lyu, Sainan (2014) The application of social network analysis in the construction industry of Hong Kong. In Ahamad, S. Mehmood, Aman, Sanaullah, Azhar, Salman, Haq, Sami, Khalid, Ali Raza, Ahmad, Habil, et al. (Eds.) Abstract Book of 1st International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, Management & Sciences, City University of Science & Information Technology (CUSIT), Islamabad, Pakistan, p. 31.


The Hong Kong construction industry is currently facing ageing problem and labour shortage. There are opportunities for employing ethnic minority construction workers to join this hazardous industry. These ethnic minority workers are prone to accidents due to communication barriers. Safety communication is playing an important role for avoiding the accidents on construction sites. However, the ethnic minority workers are not very fluent in the local language and facing safety communication problems while working with local workers. Social network analysis (SNA), being an effective tool to identify the safety communication flow on the construction site, is used to attain the measures of safety communication like centrality, density and betweenness within the ethnic minorities and local workers, and to generate sociograms that visually represent communication pattern within the effective and ineffective safety networks. The aim of this paper is to present the application of SNA for improving the safety communication of ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong. The paper provides the theoretical background of SNA approaches for the data collection and analysis using the software UCINET and NetDraw, to determine the predominant safety communication network structure and pattern of ethnic minorities on site.

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ID Code: 80109
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Construction safety, communication, ethnic minorities, social network analysis, Hong Kong
ISBN: 9789692304405
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2015 23:58
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 18:24

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