Institutional waste within the UK construction procurement context: a conceptual framework

Sarhan, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-0105-2350, Pasquire, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6344-2031, King, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6195-687X and Manu, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-9002-3681, 2018. Institutional waste within the UK construction procurement context: a conceptual framework. Engineering Project Organization Journal, 8, pp. 36-64. ISSN 2157-3727

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There is a broad consensus among social and economic researchers that 'institutions' matter. Institutions influence beliefs, norms and actions; thus they shape performance and outcomes. Interestingly, the concept of institutions is not well established in construction economics or management research, specifically in waste-related literature. This paper presents discussions on the impact of imperfect regulations, norms and cultural/cognitive assumptions that exist within the construction procurement context, and how this has translated into the institutionalisation of wasteful behaviours and practices in construction projects. Based on a critical review of extant literature, the ultimate objectives of this study are to: (1) contribute to the overall understanding of waste in construction by suggesting a novel perspective to the generation and persistence of waste in construction projects; (2) demonstrate how the neo-institutional theory, a branch of organizational sociology, can potentially be applied as an analytical lens to deliver a more explicit theory of waste that relates cause and effect within the wider aspects of construction procurement systems and relationships; (3) highlight a number of widely accepted regulations, norms and meanings that impede efficiency and improvement efforts in construction; and (4) formulate propositions on institutional waste in the process of construction procurement that will be fundamental to the future trajectory of this study.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Engineering Project Organization Journal
Creators: Sarhan, S., Pasquire, C., King, A. and Manu, E.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis for the Engineering Project Organization Society
Date: January 2018
Volume: 8
ISSN: 2157-3727
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Feb 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2019 03:00
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