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Title: Coping with structural change in construction : experiences gained from advanced economies
Authors: Ng, ST
Fan, RYC
Wong, JMW
Chan, APC 
Chiang, YH 
Lam, PTI 
Kumaraswamy, M
Keywords: Advanced economies
Construction industry
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Construction management and economics, 2009, v. 27, no. 2, p. 165-180 How to cite?
Journal: Construction management and economics 
Abstract: As an economy approaches maturity, the relative importance of the construction sector would gradually decline. Without effective policies and strategies, the construction industry will suffer irreversably and this may trigger a knock-on effect to the overall economy. The experiences of selected advanced economies are examined, including Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the UK in coping with structural changes in construction. Strategies employed by the government and the construction industry of these advanced economies to reinvent the construction industry were captured through an extensive literature review and a series of interviews with indigenous industry practitioners. In order to revitalize the construction industry, governments would accelerate publicly funded projects; provide financial support to ease the burden of industry stakeholders; and stimulate the market demand. In contrast, the industry would explore various market alternatives while companies would sharpen their competitive advantage locally and internationally through merger and acquisition. The identified strategies are corresponded to a construction industry development framework, which could therefore serve as a valuable reference for policy makers and practitioners to rejuvenate construction demand when a country approaches an urban service economy.
ISSN: 0144-6193
EISSN: 1466-433X
DOI: 10.1080/01446190802699040
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