Strategizing and Project Management in Construction Projects: An Exploratory Literature Review

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Abstract

Purpose – The study aims to investigate the concept of strategy-as-practice in construction management literature has been investigated. The focus is on the link between strategizing practices and project management.

Design/Methodology/Approach – An exploratory literature review is carried out based on fifteen journal articles on strategizing practices in the construction industry.

Findings – The analysis shows how strategy-as-practice questions and contradicts project management practices as depicted in the dominant deterministic perspective. Strategy-as-practice has a focus on reacting and adapting to a chaotic and changing environment, while project management is concerned with creating and maintaining a stable working environment. The findings point to the necessity of considering the organizational and institutional context of project management practices, and hence the values the strategy-as-practice lens, when considering new avenues for improving the industry.

Research Limitations/Implications – As the study is based on an exploratory literature review of only 15 articles, generalizations should be made with caution. The identified literature is restricted by search words and choice of database.

Practical Implications – The differences between strategizing and project management practices are very clear, and a focus on both may offer insights into how the construction industry could improve its productivity by developing more robust management practices.

Originality/Value – The paper illustrates the benefit of applying a strategizing perspective, which hitherto has been under-investigated in construction management research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization
EditorsI. Lill, E. Witt
Number of pages6
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date1 May 2019
Pages253-258
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83867-051-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
EventCEO2019 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization : Regional markets, networks and opportunities - Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 7 May 20198 May 2019
http://www.ttu.ee/ceo2019

Conference

ConferenceCEO2019 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization
LocationTallinn University of Technology
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period07/05/201908/05/2019
Internet address
SeriesEmerald Reach Proceeding Series
Volume2
ISSN2516-2853

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Project management
Construction project
Strategizing
Literature review
Management practices
Strategy as practice
Construction management
Construction industry
Design methodology
Working environment
Institutional context
Industry
Management research
Productivity
Data base
Organizational context

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Klitgaard, A., & Gottlieb, S. C. (2019). Strategizing and Project Management in Construction Projects: An Exploratory Literature Review. In I. Lill, & E. Witt (Eds.), 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization (pp. 253-258). Emerald Group Publishing. Emerald Reach Proceeding Series, Vol.. 2 https://doi.org/10.1108/S2516-285320190000002040
Klitgaard, Anne ; Gottlieb, Stefan Christoffer. / Strategizing and Project Management in Construction Projects: An Exploratory Literature Review. 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. editor / I. Lill ; E. Witt. Emerald Group Publishing, 2019. pp. 253-258 (Emerald Reach Proceeding Series, Vol. 2).
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Klitgaard, A & Gottlieb, SC 2019, Strategizing and Project Management in Construction Projects: An Exploratory Literature Review. in I Lill & E Witt (eds), 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Emerald Group Publishing, Emerald Reach Proceeding Series, vol. 2, pp. 253-258, Tallinn, Estonia, 07/05/2019. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2516-285320190000002040

Strategizing and Project Management in Construction Projects: An Exploratory Literature Review. / Klitgaard, Anne; Gottlieb, Stefan Christoffer.

10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. ed. / I. Lill; E. Witt. Emerald Group Publishing, 2019. p. 253-258 (Emerald Reach Proceeding Series, Vol. 2).

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