Project Culture Within Construction Projects: A Literature Review

Jian Zuo1 & George Zillante2

1 PhD Candidate, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia, Phone +61 8 8302 1858, FAX +61 8 8302 2252, Jian.Zuo@postgrads.unisa.edu.au
2Associate Professor, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia, Phone +61 8 8302 2379, FAX +61 8 8302 2252, George.Zillante@unisa.edu.au

Abstract

In recent years culture has become one of the most studied topics in construction management research. Some studies have investigated the influence of culture at different levels such as national culture, industry culture, organizational culture and professional culture. Few studies however, have focused on culture at the project level and its influence on construction project management practice. Project culture is raised as a general concept in some academic papers and industry reports. These studies indicate that project culture is very important for the processing of construction projects however they do not provide a clear definition of project culture. In addition, there is no model that specifically examines the project culture of each construction project. This paper reviews the literature about cultural studies in a construction projects context, especially the culture at project level and concludes by suggesting a modified version of one current and generally used organizational culture model.

Keywords

Project culture, Construction projects, Organizational culture

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Zuo, J. & Zillante, G. 2005, 'Project Culture Within Construction Projects: A Literature Review' In:, 13th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Sydney, Australia, 19-21 Jul 2005. pp 353-361

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