Measuring Mutual Confidence in UK Construction Projects

by A. K. Munns, Lect.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Dundee, Scotland DD 1 4HN,


Serial Information: Issue 1, Pg. 26-33


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: When embarking on any new construction project there will be a probability that some, if not all, participants have not worked together before. Participants, because they lack previous knowledge, will anticipate a type of behavior from the other parties befitting the behavior normally attributed to the group they belong to. If the other party is an architect they will attribute a behavior that belongs to architects in general. This paper seeks to measure this attributed behavior between the three main groups involved in construction; namely, the clients, design professionals, and contractors. It presents the results of a survey measuring the level of mutual confidence between the three groups. The implications of the survey for potential conflict and breakdown of relations are discussed.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Geomatic surveys | Architects | Contractors and subcontractors | Probability | Client relationships | Architect/Engineers | Confidence intervals |

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