An investigation into challenges facing distributed teams: Case of South Australian construction projects

Shokri-Ghasabeh, Morteza, Hosseini, M. Reza, Chileshe, Nicholas, & Xia, Bo (2015) An investigation into challenges facing distributed teams: Case of South Australian construction projects. In Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives: Fourth International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries: Conference Proceedings, University of Latvia, 16-17 April 2015, pp. 340-348.

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Abstract

There is increasing momentum within the construction industry to deploy distributed teams on projects, yet the major challenges that companies face for managing teams in distributed arrangements have yet to be explored in the construction context. Driven by such need, this study is intended to present an account of the major challenges encountered throughout the life cycle of offshore outsourcing arrangements within the South Australian construction industry. To this end, the study describes the observations made within the natural contexts of one construction project in terms of the challenges to the success of deploying distributed teams for outsourcing of works. Discussions remain in dialogue with relevant theories and the pertinent literature to explain the interpretations and lessons learned and to underpin the conclusions made. It is contended that this study contributes to the field by providing an illuminating insight into potential challenges facing distributed teams being implemented in outsourcing tasks in construction projects. Discussions also offer practical guidelines for construction project managers and assist them in dealing with potential challenges of offshore outsourcing through the lenses of distributed team working principles.

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ID Code: 86083
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Challenges, Distributed teams, Virtual teams, Construction industry, Project management
ISBN: 9789984459851
ISSN: 2256-0513
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: © University of Latvia, 2015
© Professional Association of Project Managers, 2015
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2015 22:40
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2015 23:07

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