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Relationships between organisational culture and efficiency in Finnish construction projects

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The construction industry has struggled with efficiency issues for the last two decades, and longer. Organisational culture is identified to contain a lot of potential for developing the industry’s effectiveness. This study was conducted in the Finnish construction industry, where 30 case projects were measured for their culture and performance to investigate the presumptive correlation between construction project culture and efficiency. The projects’ culture was measured with the Organisational Culture Assessment Instrument. The projects with the highest performance and customer satisfaction levels seemed to identify their project culture stronger than poorer level projects. This is congruent with the academic observations that a strong comprehensive culture supports better efficiency outcomes. The article revealed that construction sites would embrace a Clan typology at the expense of a Market typology to achieve a better level of site efficiency.


  • construction, efficiency, Finland, OCAI, Organisational culture, performance, quality

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