Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.05.010
Title: Using social network strategy to manage construction projects in China
Authors: Ling, F.Y.Y. 
Li, S.
Keywords: Guanxi
Networking
Relationships
Social network
Strategy
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Ling, F.Y.Y., Li, S. (2012). Using social network strategy to manage construction projects in China. International Journal of Project Management 30 (3) : 398-406. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.05.010
Abstract: Due to its unique culture, besides adopting established project management practices, the question is whether social network strategy is relevant for managing projects in China. The research aims to ascertain the relevance of social network strategy and identify the important network practices that foreign and local architectural, engineering or construction (A/E/C) firms adopt when managing construction projects in China. 82 sets of data were collected using a structured questionnaire. The results show that both local and foreign firms adopt practices relating to social network strategy to a significant extent. However, they do not collaborate with competitors even though this could add value to their products/service. Foreign firms also do not make enough use of political resources, relying neither on their home country governments nor the Chinese government. Foreign firms lag behind Chinese firms in not joining consortiums or enlarging the number of partners in their networks, suggesting a 'do it alone' stand. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.
Source Title: International Journal of Project Management
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/45895
ISSN: 02637863
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.05.010
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