Remember Me
Or use your Academic/Social account:


Or use your Academic/Social account:


You have just completed your registration at OpenAire.

Before you can login to the site, you will need to activate your account. An e-mail will be sent to you with the proper instructions.


Please note that this site is currently undergoing Beta testing.
Any new content you create is not guaranteed to be present to the final version of the site upon release.

Thank you for your patience,
OpenAire Dev Team.

Close This Message


Verify Password:
Verify E-mail:
*All Fields Are Required.
Please Verify You Are Human:
fbtwitterlinkedinvimeoflicker grey 14rssslideshare1
Radosavljevic, Milan (2001)
Languages: English
Types: Unknown
Generally poor productivity, delays, low profitability and exceeded budgets are Common problems in modern construction management, however it seems that a basic obstacle lies far deeper in the understanding of a firm's fundamental mission, its existence. The main objective of this paper therefore is to examine the operational living of a construction firm and by doing that to reveal the key problem or the solution for a construction firm - its organization. A firm as a social system in which interactions between its constitutive components (employees) are surordinated to its maintenance (keeping a system alive) is an autopoietic social system. Two domains of external perturbations are uncovered to which a construction firm has to adapt (market driven and project driven perturbations). Constructed conceptual model of an autopoietic organization is based upon two necessary and sufficient operational domains that a firm has to create in order to become an autopoietic, adaptive social system. The first one is a domain of interactions between employees and other operationally external systems, which is representing an idea-generating domain of interactions. The second is employee's autonomous operational domain, which embodies employee's autonomy and individuality and represents a necessary condition for the establishment of an idea-generating domain. Finally, it is recognized that interactions within these four domains keep a construction firm alive.
  • The results below are discovered through our pilot algorithms. Let us know how we are doing!

    • Aghion, P. and Saint-Paul, G. (1998) Uncovering some casual relationships between productivity growth and the structure of economic fluctuations: A tentative survey. Labour, 12(2), 279-303.
    • Arditi, D. (2000) Trends in productivity improvements in the US construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 18, 15-27.
    • Borcherding, J. D. and Oglesby, C. H. (1975) Job dissatisfaction in construction. Journal of the Construction Division (ASCE), 101(CO2), 415-434.
    • Borcherding, J. D.; Scott, J.; Samelson, S. and Samelson N. (1980) Improving motivation and productivity on large projects. Journal of the Construction Division (ASCE), 106(CO1), 73-89.
    • Donaldson, L., editor (1995) Contingency theory, History of management thought, Dartmouth.
    • Gerloff, E. A. (1985) Organizational theory and design: A strategic approach for management, McGraw-Hill Book Co.
    • Herzberg, F. (1969) Work and motivation, Behaviour Science Concepts and Management Application: Studies in Personal policy. No. 216, M. F. Rush Ed. National Industrial Conference Board, Inc., New York.
    • Horner, R. M. W. and Talhouni, B. T. K. (1995) Effects of Accelerated Working, Delays and Disrutions on Labour Productivity. Chartered Institute of Building, 40pp., ISBN 1 85380 068 6.
    • Kast, F. E. and Rosenzweig, J. E. (1985) Organization and Management: A system's and Contingency Approach. 4th Ed., McGraw-Hill Book Co.
    • Laufer, A. and Jenkins, D. G. Jr. (1982) Motivating Construction Employees. Journal of the Construction Division (ASCE), 108(CO4), 531-545.
    • Love, P. E. D.; Li, H.; Irani, Z. and Faniran O. (2000) Total Quality Management and the Learning Organization: A dialogue for change in construction. Construction Management and Economics, 18, 321-331.
    • Maslow, A. H. (1968) Toward a Psychology of Being, 2nd Ed., Van Nostrand Reinhold.
    • Maturana, H. R. and Varela, F. J. (1972) Autopoiesis and Cognition: The realization of the living. Boston studies in the philosophy of science, Edited by Cohen R. S. and Wartofsky M. W., Volume 42, D. Reidel Publishing Co.
    • Meindl, J. R.; Stubbart, C. and Porac, J. F., editors (1996) Cognition within and between organizations, Organization Science. Sage Publications.
    • McGregor, D. (1960) The human side of enterprise, McGraw-Hill Book Co.
    • Newcombe, R. (1990) The Evolution and Structure of the Construction Firm, Volume 6, CIB 90.
    • Oglesby, C.; Parker, H. and Howell, G. (1989) Productivity Improvement in Construction, McGraw-Hill Book Co.
    • Pfeffer, J. (1982) Organizations and organization theory, Pitman.
    • Shingo, S. (1988) Non-stock Production: The Shingo System for Continuous Improvement, Productivity Press.
    • Thomas, H. R. and Yiakoumis, I. (1987) Factor model of construction productivity. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 116(CO4), 705-726.
    • Torrington, D. and Hall, L. (1998) Human Resource Management, 4th Ed., Prentice Hall Europe, London.
  • No related research data.
  • No similar publications.

Share - Bookmark

Cite this article