Constructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industry

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/250963
Title:
Constructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industry
Authors:
Bishop, Dan; Felstead, Alan; Fuller, Alison; Jewson, Nick; Unwin, Lorna; Kakavelakis, Konstantinos
Abstract:
This paper examines two competing systems of organising the construction process and their consequences for learning. Under the adversarial system, contractors compete solely on price, risks are shifted onto those next in line and disputes are institutionalised through complicated, but inevitably incomplete, contracts. However, under collaborative working the costs and risks of the project are shared and the parties involved communicate openly and freely, often in the absence of tightly specified contracts. The move from the former to the latter represents a shift towards a climate in which problems are shared and solved regardless of where they occur in the productive system (a process conceptualised as ‘knotworking’ in the literature). The paper argues that such learning theories and policy pressures from above fail to take adequately into account the heavy hand of history and the importance of understanding the nature of the productive systems in which ‘knotworking’ is expected to occur. Both are important in understanding the fragility of collaborative working across the stages and structures of the construction production process which place limits on making ‘knotworking’ an habitual and commonplace activity.
Citation:
Constructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industry 2009, 22 (4):243-260 Journal of Education and Work
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Journal of Education and Work
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/250963
DOI:
10.1080/13639080903290355
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13639080903290355
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1363-9080; 1469-9435
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Leadership Innovation (CLI)

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dc.contributor.authorBishop, Danen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFelstead, Alanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFuller, Alisonen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJewson, Nicken_GB
dc.contributor.authorUnwin, Lornaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKakavelakis, Konstantinosen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-05T14:59:39Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-05T14:59:39Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.citationConstructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industry 2009, 22 (4):243-260 Journal of Education and Worken_GB
dc.identifier.issn1363-9080-
dc.identifier.issn1469-9435-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13639080903290355-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/250963-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines two competing systems of organising the construction process and their consequences for learning. Under the adversarial system, contractors compete solely on price, risks are shifted onto those next in line and disputes are institutionalised through complicated, but inevitably incomplete, contracts. However, under collaborative working the costs and risks of the project are shared and the parties involved communicate openly and freely, often in the absence of tightly specified contracts. The move from the former to the latter represents a shift towards a climate in which problems are shared and solved regardless of where they occur in the productive system (a process conceptualised as ‘knotworking’ in the literature). The paper argues that such learning theories and policy pressures from above fail to take adequately into account the heavy hand of history and the importance of understanding the nature of the productive systems in which ‘knotworking’ is expected to occur. Both are important in understanding the fragility of collaborative working across the stages and structures of the construction production process which place limits on making ‘knotworking’ an habitual and commonplace activity.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13639080903290355en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Education and Worken_GB
dc.titleConstructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industryen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Education and Worken_GB
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