Communication patterns in construction at construction manager level

Igal M. Shohet, Shay Frydman

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Abstract

The procurement process of construction projects has been affected by developments in the field of Information Technology, as well as by the need to cope with growing technological challenges stemming from the integration of multiple building systems into tall and complex buildings. Furthermore, since the procurement phases are undertaken simultaneously, project complexity is increased, and increased integration among them is therefore required. These constraints have made the management of complex construction projects less of an architectural and engineering issue and more of a managerial one. In turn, this has led to an increasing use of the "construction management" concept in the procurement process. This study focused on communications in construction management procurement of building and residential projects in Israel. Communications between the construction manager and the design team were found to be vital in ensuring adherence to project objectives. Communication means were classified as "formal" - written technical information, and as "informal" - verbal communications. Construction managers in Israel still use informal communications in 50% of their interactions with their project counterparts. The study concludes that design capabilities should be one of the essential qualifications required of a construction management firm. In addition to the more traditional responsibilities, such as planning, scheduling, and coordination, the scope of the construction manager's professional duties should emphasize the aspect of quality management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-577
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE
Volume129
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Construction management
  • Design
  • Managers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management

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