Trust influencing factors in main contractor and subcontractor relationships during projects

Manu, E. and Ankrah, N. and Chinyio, E. and Proverbs, D. (2015) Trust influencing factors in main contractor and subcontractor relationships during projects. International Journal of Project Management, 33 (7). pp. 1495-1508. ISSN 02637863 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Trust is crucial for achieving optimum benefits from supply chain integration and collaboration in the construction sector. Yet relationships between main contractors and subcontractors continue to be influenced by issues that promote vicious circles of distrust. This research investigates the trust influencing factors in main contractor-subcontractor relationships on projects. Empirical data was gathered from across four case studies through semi-structured interviews, non-participant observations and document reviews, and analysed using thematic analysis. Findings revealed that the change management process, economic climate, payment practices, perceptions of future work opportunities, job performance and the project-specific context influence trustfulness and trustworthiness of the different parties. The findings also imply that stronger trust in the main contractor's supply chain can only be realised and sustained through promotion of trustworthiness-induced rather than benefit-induced trustfulness. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Case studies, Collaboration, Contracting, Main contractors, Subcontractors, Trust, Climate change, Construction industry, Supply chains, Case-studies, Collaboration, Contracting, Main contractors, Subcontractors, Trust, Contractors, business, construction, organizational framework, project management
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Integrated Design Construction
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 09:54
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 09:54
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1785

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