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Title: Critical review of collaborative working in construction projects : business environment and human behaviors
Authors: Xue, X
Shen, Q 
Ren, Z
Keywords: Collaboration
Collaborative working
Construction projects
Literature review
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: ASCE
Source: Journal of management in engineering, 2010, v. 26, no. 4, p. 196-208 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of management in engineering
Abstract: The changing business environment characterized by tense competitiveness and wide global links requires construction organizations to establish effective and efficient interorganization collaborative management systems. Collaborative working (CW), as a new term and especially as a working model, is emerging for improving performance and enhancing competitiveness by responding to the changing environment in construction. This research presents the definition of CW underpinned by the principle of collaboration. Through a thorough literature review of selected papers from the well-known academic journals in construction management, the business environment and human behavior are identified as two key areas which impact the performance of CW in construction projects. Critical reviews on these areas are presented by focusing on different subcategories in each area to investigate the state of the art and trends of CW in construction projects. Some limits of research and practice on CW in construction projects are discussed and future research directions are recommended.
ISSN: 0742-597X (print)
1943-5479 (online)
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000025
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