Cultural Considerations in International Construction Contracts

Hon Wan Edwin Chan, Raymond Y.C. Tse

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International construction projects involve multinational participants from different political, legal, economic, and cultural backgrounds. As one of the major issues affecting the management of international construction projects, culture deserves wide research. This paper aims to establish a valid groundwork for further research on the impact of cultural issues on contractual arrangements; conflict causation, and the selection of dispute resolution mechanisms for international construction projects. The paper reviews the characteristics of international construction activities and discusses the cultural context. It sets the research background for disseminating the findings of two surveys, carried out in Hong Kong and in London and Sydney. The study identifies the important features expected for the contract of international construction projects and ascertains their significance to further in-depth research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-381
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2003


  • Construction industry
  • Contracts
  • Dispute resolution
  • Hong Kong
  • International factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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