Organization Design for International Construction Business

  • Chang Peh Lu
  • Pheng Low Sui

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 1-11
  3. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 13-36
  4. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 37-57
  5. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 59-86
  6. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 87-110
  7. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 111-131
  8. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 133-147
  9. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 149-173
  10. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 175-206
  11. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 207-281
  12. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 283-304
  13. Lu Chang Peh, Sui Pheng Low
    Pages 305-324
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 325-347

About this book

Introduction

The book explains how Gravitational Distance and the System of Cities influence transnational construction-related firms when they venture overseas. The study presented in the book internalizes the characteristics of home and foreign cities, and of transnational firms, to develop situational business strategies and organization designs in terms of Strategy, Structure, Systems, Leadership Style, Firm’s Skills, Staff’s characteristics, Shared Values and Supply Chain. The book presents the findings of surveys and interviews with managers and professionals in eight different Asian cities stretching from Singapore to China. The findings are then used to develop business solutions in the form of a Decision Support System (DSS) for transnational construction firms, helping them to adopt an appropriate organization design strategy when they venture into overseas markets. Issues relating to globalization, competitiveness, risk management, communications, networks, government interference, business strategies, organization structures and systems in the context of international construction business are discussed together with corresponding recommendations for implementation. Although construction-related firms were used as the basis for the field studies, the lessons learned are equally applicable for organizations in other industries.

Keywords

agglomeration business strategy centrality construction industry geographical distance internationalization isomorphism organization design

Authors and affiliations

  • Chang Peh Lu
    • 1
  • Pheng Low Sui
    • 2
  1. 1., School of Science and TechnologySIM UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2., School of Design and EnvirenmentNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35164-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-35163-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-35164-8
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