Understanding construction competitiveness: the contribution of system dynamics

Brian Dangerfield, Stuart Green, Simon Austin, Sarah Peace
2010 Construction Innovation  
Purpose Construction sector competitiveness has been a subject of interest for many years. Research too often focuses on the means of overcoming the 'barriers to change' as if such barriers were static entities. There has been little attempt to understand the dynamic interrelationship between the differing factors which impinge upon construction sector competitiveness. The paper outlines the benefits of taking a systems approach to construction competitiveness research.
more » ... n/methodology/approach The System Dynamics (SD) modelling methodology is described. This can provide practitioners with 'microworlds' within which they can explore the dynamic effects of different policy decisions. The data underpinning the use of SD was provided by interviews and case study research which allowed an understanding of the context within which practitioners operate. Findings The over-riding conclusion is that the system dynamics methodology has been shown to be capable of providing a means to assess the forces which shape the sustained competitiveness of construction firms. As such, it takes the assessment of strategic policy analysis in the construction sector onto a higher plane. The need to collect data and make retrospective assessments of competitiveness and strategic performance at the statistical level is not now the only modus operandi available Originality/value Novel research methodology which points towards an alternative research agenda for construction competitiveness research.
doi:10.1108/14714171011083579 fatcat:nxaes6c7pzbkpp7ty7pseaswkm