Part of #Determination of Critical Cultural Factors In Construction Project# :
Publishing year : 2007
Conference : Third International Conference on Project Management
Number of pages : 13
Abstract: The concept of cultural capital is becoming more relevant to the construction industry. This concept has been adopted from the manufacturing industry. The extent to which an organization utilizes and nurtures its culture would be a useful indicator of its success. A study has been conducted to determine the available type of cultural factors, the effect of these cultural factors on the construction companies' performance and success, and evaluate the potential positive and negative culture in the Iranian construction industry. The research involves a questionnaire survey and interviews. This paper reports the findings on the questionnaire survey.
The study covers five dimensions of project control factors, namely, quality, cost and profit, schedule, safety and loyalty, and relates these factors to eleven cultural factors. Some of the cultural factors are: recognition, project axiology, behavior rule, social environment, project visualization, human resource management, immaterial capital, project culture atmosphere and job site culture.
Findings indicate that most of the cultural factors were given as very important in project management. This stirring discovery means that the cultural capital has already played a significant role in the current construction project activities. The significance of each cultural factor to each project control dimension will be fully 55 branches. Therefore, we will share a visual reference for contractors to implement the cultural capital management methods to real production. More interestingly, this research also discovered some potential effects from the difference of respondents' personal characters e.g. religion and the difference of respondents' working background and after-tax profit to their view of the importance of each cultural factor. Some of the significance rate is much more than the researcher's expectation.