Factors facilitating construction industry development

Fox, Paul & Skitmore, Martin (2007) Factors facilitating construction industry development. Building Research and Information, 35(2), pp. 178-188.

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This paper reports on a study aimed at identifying the key factors associated with construction industry development worldwide, by using a grounded theory approach. This involved, firstly, the identification of 62 variables from earlier studies. A questionnaire survey was then used to elicit views of the current strength of each variable. The resulting data were factor analysed and a set of eight key factors obtained comprising: (1) Industry-led better practice and culture; (2) Financial resources and investor confidence; (3) Human skills and culture of transparency; (4) Government policies and strategies supporting construction business; (5) Research and Development for construction; (6) Self-reliant construction culture; (7) Institutional support; and (8) Supportive attitudes from Aid agencies. These appear to be relevant to both developed and developing countries.

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ID Code: 9422
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The author-version of this article will be available 12 months after publication.
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Author contact details: rm.skitmore@qut.edu.au
Keywords: construction industry development, factors, factor analysis, grounded theory, questionnaire survey
DOI: 10.1080/09613210600980192
ISSN: 1466-4321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Building Research and Information 35(2):pp. 178-188.
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:39

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