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Strategies for the effective engagement of multi-national construction enterprises in post-disaster building and infrastructure projects

Haigh, RP and Sutton, R 2012, 'Strategies for the effective engagement of multi-national construction enterprises in post-disaster building and infrastructure projects' , International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 3 (3) , pp. 270-282.

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify what strategies and mechanisms might be utilised to achieve an effective level of participation by multi-national construction enterprises in post-disaster recovery efforts. Design/methodology/approach – An exploratory qualitative research methodology has been utilised. A total of 28 interviews were conducted. The respondents were from multi-national construction enterprises, international and national humanitarian agencies, construction industry professional organisations, and national government agencies related to disaster management. Findings – The findings suggest that there is great potential for using the resources of multi-national construction enterprise resources to fill the professional resource gap in post-disaster recovery. The best method for achieving this engagement is less clear. Although there are concerns about construction enterprises engaging with a more strategic outlook, there is also recognition that explicit and transparent arrangements would alleviate many of these concerns. Originality/value – The value of building partnerships with the private sector is slowly being realised, but it remains a niche phenomenon and more research is required. This study provides a better understanding of the nature and extent of the relationship between multi-national construction enterprises and efforts to reconstruct buildings and infrastructure following a disaster.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1759-5908
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Funders: Department for International Development (DFID)
Depositing User: RP Haigh
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2013 13:24
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 18:11
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/28464

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