Construction work and the worker : a comparative study of craft & mass scale technologies in building construction

Pathirage, CP and Rameezdeen, R 2006, 'Construction work and the worker : a comparative study of craft & mass scale technologies in building construction' , Built Environment Sri Lanka, 3 (1) , pp. 3-10.

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During the twentieth century the construction industry, its products and technology have changed drastically. Studies carried out on the same or equivalent products of construction have showed clear differences in the nature of technology used in the production process. The construction industry is inherently labour intensive and many challenges arise through a need to maintain a skilled and competitive workforce. Two distinct forms of construction, the ancient craft-oriented form and modern mass scale form are commonly deployed within the construction industry. This comparative study, in respect of these two technologies, upon the nature of work and the worker, has revealed some differences in number of parameters such as skills, experience, supervision, rules and regulations, autonomy, deference and aggression. For these parameters there is a close relationship between the nature of work and the worker personality. Craft workers have more autonomy, which result in more skill, experience and responsibility in the work process. The dominating personality traits of deference and aggression in Mass Scale technology facilitate more management influence through supervision and rules and regulations.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Built Environment Sri Lanka
Publisher: Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1391-5983
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Depositing User: CI Malalgoda
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2010 14:34
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 15:39

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