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Corporate Communications: An International Journal

ISSN: 1356-3289

Online from: 1996

Subject Area: Marketing

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Network communication in the construction industry

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Title:Network communication in the construction industry
Author(s):Eddie W.L. Cheng, (Eddie W.L. Chengis at the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong.), Heng Li, (Heng Li is at the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong.), Peter E.D. Love, (Peter E.D. Love is at the School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.), Zahir Irani, (Zahir Irani is in the Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.)
Citation:Eddie W.L. Cheng, Heng Li, Peter E.D. Love, Zahir Irani, (2001) "Network communication in the construction industry", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 6 Iss: 2, pp.61 - 70
Keywords:Alliances, Communications, Construction industry, Information, Project management, Teams
Article type:Conceptual Paper
DOI:10.1108/13563280110390314 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Multiple parties are involved in completing a construction project. Such parties possess different skills and each sets out to be self-sufficient. However, it is accepted that communication between parties is critical to the success of an alliance. A supporting mechanism is developed, which determines the roles of inter- and intra-organisational communication, and helps to achieve efficient and effective communication. Communication between construction alliance parties consists of several aspects. First, inter-organisational communication should take place in the alliance team. Representatives from individual organisations take the role for communication in the team. Second, communication channels are created for either close contacts or distant connections. Finally, the choice of channels depends on the amount of information, how instant it needs to be, and the efficiency and effectiveness of communication.

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