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Competitiveness in construction: a critical review of research

Flanagan, R., Lu, W., Shen, L. and Jewell, C.A. (2007) Competitiveness in construction: a critical review of research. Construction Management and Economics, 25 (9). pp. 989-1000. ISSN 0144-6193

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Since its popularization in the 1980s, competitiveness has received close attention from practitioners and researchers across a wide range of industries. In the construction sector, many works on competitiveness have also been published. So far, however, there seems to be no comprehensive review to summarize and critique existing research on competitiveness in construction. This research, therefore, reviews the extant literature from four aspects: concept of competitiveness, competitiveness research at the construction industry level, competitiveness research at the firm level, and competitiveness research at the project level. The review presents the state-of-the-art development of competitiveness research in construction, identifies the research gaps, and proposes new directions for further studies. Further research is recommended to validate previous studies in construction practices, identify the mechanisms that encourage mutual enhancement of competitiveness at different levels, and how to achieve its sustainability by embracing new management and/or economics techniques.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:12011
Uncontrolled Keywords:Competitiveness, competitive advantage, critical review, construction sector

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