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Measurement and antecedents of cooperation in construction

Anvuur, AM; Kumaraswamy, MM; (2012) Measurement and antecedents of cooperation in construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management , 138 (7) pp. 797-810. 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000498. Green open access

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The cooperation construct in construction lacks conceptual-definitional clarity. A multi-dimensional model of cooperation is proposed in which the construct is conceptualized as comprising four related yet conceptually distinct behaviors: in-role, extra-role, compliance, and deference behavior. The construct validity of this model is assessed using confirmatory factor analysis and a sample of 140 professional managers in Hong Kong. Structural equation modeling is then used to test specific predictions linking the four cooperative behaviors with two extrinsic (incentives and sanctions) and intrinsic (intrinsic job satisfaction and legitimacy) job cognition variables. Findings confirm the convergent, discriminant, and nomological validity of the proposed model. Between them, the two intrinsic job cognition variables predict all four behavior dimensions: intrinsic job satisfaction predicts in-role and extra-role behaviors; and legitimacy predicts compliance and deference behaviors. In contrast, the influence of the extrinsic job cognition variables on cooperative behavior is imprecise and weaker. The research suggests that initiatives aimed at improving the level of cooperation in construction project settings should focus more attention on stimulating the internal motivations (enhancing ‘personal causality’) of project actors.

Type: Article
Title: Measurement and antecedents of cooperation in construction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000498
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.00004...
Language: English
Keywords: Cooperation, Motivation, Performance, Personnel management
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1308709
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