Understanding employee resourcing in construction organizations

Raidén, A.B. ORCID: 0000-0001-7176-1139, Dainty, A.R.J. and Neale, R.H., 2008. Understanding employee resourcing in construction organizations. Construction Management and Economics, 26 (11), pp. 1133-1143.

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In recent years the literature on employee resourcing has consistently advocated the importance of adopting a holistic, strategic approach to employee deployment decision making rather than adopting a reactive needs-based approach. This is particularly problematic in construction where the multi-project environment leads to constantly changing resource requirements and to changing demands over a project's life cycle. This can lead to inappropriate decisions, which fail to meet the longer-term needs of both construction organizations and their employees. A structured and comprehensive understanding of the current project team deployment practices within large construction organizations was developed. Project deployment practices were examined within seven case study contracting firms. The emergent themes that shaped the decision-making processes were grouped into five broad clusters comprising human resource planning, performance/career management, team deployment, employee involvement and training and development. The research confirms that a reactive and ad hoc approach to the function prevails within the firms investigated. This suggests a weak relationship between the deployment process and human resource planning, team deployment, performance management, employee involvement and training and development activities. It is suggested that strategic HR-business partnering could engender more transparent and productive relationships in this crucial area.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Construction Management and Economics
Creators: Raidén, A.B., Dainty, A.R.J. and Neale, R.H.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2008
Volume: 26
Number: 11
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:08
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:20
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8402

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