Key factors affecting commercial actors in collaborative working within the UK construction industry

Ahmed, S.N., Pasquire, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6344-2031 and Manu, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-9002-3681, 2022. Key factors affecting commercial actors in collaborative working within the UK construction industry. Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction. ISSN 1366-4387

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Extensive research on the importance of collaborative working (CW) and aligning stakeholders’ interests in construction has been widely conducted. But often the practice of commercial actors during CW has often been overlooked, particularly within the UK setting, where scholars have lamented on the lack of industry-wide collaboration. This study aims to explore the factors affecting commercial actors in CW, specific to the UK construction industry.
The research used a context-based approach to seek stakeholders’ perspective on the key factors affecting commercial actors in CW within the UK. Semi-structured interviews with individuals (contractors, cost consultants, designers among others) from construction and infrastructure organizations were conducted, using multiple case study investigations.The collected data was analyzed using a case study approach, and principles of inductive thematic analysis to identify the key factors.
Findings from the analysis identified ‘institutional’ factor such as transactional cost economic influence, the prevailing construction model influence, and professional related drivers. Key drivers within these factors include commercial background and training, custom and practice, misaligned interests in projects, clients’ perception of consultants, cost-driven environment, conventional procurement protocols, and bureaucratic functions.
In conclusion, these factors continue to affect CW with undue influence on commercial actors in the UK, thus preventing performance improvement demanded by successive UK government reports. The context-based approach applied in this study is expected to provide some insight in construction management research, especially from commercial perspective in the UK, to gain an understanding of how these factors are manifesting.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
Creators: Ahmed, S.N., Pasquire, C. and Manu, E.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 4 January 2022
ISSN: 1366-4387
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 03 Feb 2022 10:03
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 10:03

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