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Title: Construction Industry Development: exploring values and other factors from a grounded theory approach
Authors: Fox, PW 
Keywords: Attitudes
Construction industry development
Grounded theory
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Dept. of Construction Economics & Management, University of Cape Town
Source: Proceedings of CIB W55 & W65 Joint Triennial Symposium, Cape Town, September 1999. v. 1 p. 121-129 How to cite?
Abstract: Current knowledge about construction industry development still relies heavily on tentative foundations. Current practice in promoting development in less developed countries is nowhere near consistent in achieving success. Both current knowledge and current practice need strengthening with new ideas. Qualitative research methods as developed in the social science disciplines have an important contribution to make and can complement quantitative methods. One of these is the grounded theory approach. This was used in a series of in-depth interviews with eight experts in international construction industry development. These have revealed the importance of human factors in developing the construction industry. In particular, the values and attitudes held by various stakeholders in any particular nation's construction industry are shown to be significant to either block or facilitate its development. The nature and importance of these concepts to the development of the construction industry are briefly examined and validated by reference to existing literature in a discussion of the results. The paper serves to explain the exploratory nature of the research and suggests directions for further enquiry. The latter pointers are considered in drawing the main threads of the argument together in the conclusion.
ISBN: 9780620239448
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