Critical review of collaborative working in construction projects: Business environment and human behaviors

Xiaolong Xue, Qiping Shen, Zhaomin Ren

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The changing business environment characterized by tense competitiveness and wide global links requires construction organizations to establish effective and efficient interorganization collaborative management systems. Collaborative working (CW), as a new term and especially as a working model, is emerging for improving performance and enhancing competitiveness by responding to the changing environment in construction. This research presents the definition of CW underpinned by the principle of collaboration. Through a thorough literature review of selected papers from the well-known academic journals in construction management, the business environment and human behavior are identified as two key areas which impact the performance of CW in construction projects. Critical reviews on these areas are presented by focusing on different subcategories in each area to investigate the state of the art and trends of CW in construction projects. Some limits of research and practice on CW in construction projects are discussed and future research directions are recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-208
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010


  • Business management
  • Collaboration
  • Collaborative working
  • Construction projects
  • Human factors
  • Literature review
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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