Developing a theory of construction problem solving

Heng Li, P. E.D. Love

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Construction problem solving characterizes much of construction management practice and thus is an important research domain. Nonetheless, research in construction problem solving has not yet crossed the threshold into a mature discipline as there is no universally accepted theory for construction problem solving research. In exploring the possibility of establishing such a theory, this paper reviews existing research works in two important research categories: cognitive science and decision support systems. A strategy for building a theory for construction problem solving, focusing on the existing models and techniques developed in the two research categories, is proposed. Future research needs and opportunities are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-727
Number of pages7
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Cognitivism
  • Decision support systems
  • Information processing
  • Problem solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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