https://doi.org/10.24928/2017/0213

Delivery Methods and Social Network Analysis of Unethical Behavior in the Construction Industry

Muzafar Thameem1, Zofia K. Rybkowski2 & James P. Smith3

1Graduate Student, Department of Construction Science, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA, muztheem@tamu.edu
2Associate Professor, Department of Construction Science, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA, Ph :+1-979-845-4354, zrybkowski@tamu.edu
3Assistant Professor, School of Technology, Department of Construction and Facilities Management, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA, james_smith@byu.edu 461

Abstract

The construction industry accounts for about one-third of gross capital formation and is ranked as one of the most corrupt. It is a multifaceted industry with unregulated transactions in which illicit behavior can be difficult to detect. The effects of corruption go beyond demoralization associated with bribery, it can lead to substandard quality of infrastructure and insufficient funds available for project maintenance. There are a multitude of reasons identified as possible causes for unethical conduct. A few researchers cited corruption as a result of an unethical decision. Prior research concerning corruption in construction has called for several main strategies: enhanced transparency, ethical codes, project governance, and audit and information technology. However, strategies to combat corruption may not be sufficient. This research first presents an overview of unethical conduct in the industry. Then it examines the ethics in the industry followed by types of relationships and their structure which may be conducive to unethical conduct within the framework of different delivery methods. Finally, an argument is made regarding the importance of strength of relationships in curbing unethical conduct.

Keywords

Unethical behavior, Relational Contracting, Lean Construction

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Thameem, M. , Rybkowski, Z.K. & Smith, J.P. 2017, 'Delivery Methods and Social Network Analysis of Unethical Behavior in the Construction Industry' In:, 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Heraklion, Greece, 9-12 Jul 2017. pp 453-460

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