Supervisory Problems in International Construction

by William F. Maloney, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., The Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 3, Pg. 406-418

Document Type: Journal Paper


The success of supervisors on construction projects is, to a large extent dependent upon their ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with their subordinates. The task of developing such relationships on international construction projects is more difficult because of the multicultural work environment. The impact of culture on the development of interpersonal relations is examined. Three factors subject to cultural influences that greatly determine the interpersonal relationship between two people in an employment context were examined: managerial style, motivation, and communication. Very few firms provide training for their prospective overseas supervisors. A case for training is made and supported by the results of a reported study.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Construction management | Cultural diversity | Training | Project management | Employment | Motivation | Case studies

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