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The development of a theoretical model for firm design management to support internationalisation processes

London, K. and Siva, J. 2010, The development of a theoretical model for firm design management to support internationalisation processes, in CIB 2010 : CIB 2010 World Congress Proceedings : Building a Better World, CIB, [Salford Quays, England], pp. 1-13.

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Title The development of a theoretical model for firm design management to support internationalisation processes
Author(s) London, K.
Siva, J.
Conference name International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction World Congress (2010 : Salford Quays, England)
Conference location Salford Quays, England
Conference dates 10-13 May 2010
Title of proceedings CIB 2010 : CIB 2010 World Congress Proceedings : Building a Better World
Editor(s) Barrett, Peter
Amaratunga, Dilanthi
Haigh, Richard
Keraminiyage, Kaushal
Pathirage, Chaminda
Publication date 2010
Conference series International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction World Congress
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher CIB
Place of publication [Salford Quays, England]
Keyword(s) reflexivity
human capital
internationalisation
design management
Summary The aim of this research was to investigate strategies deployed by successful construction design related firms towards achieving high levels of firm competitiveness in international markets. A reflexive capability model, developed through a critical analysis of related internationalisation literature, is composed of three key areas; internationalisation process, market knowledge and design management. Firm reflexive capability is explored through the management of social, cultural and intellectual capital. The concept of reflexivity is borrowed from sociology the philosophers, Bourdieu and Giddens. Reflexivity is reinterpreted as the ‘firm’s’ ability to be aware, responsive and adaptable to self, market and project needs assessment. This research is part of an ongoing program of research on international collaborative practice. A Reflexive Capability Matrix is proposed. The reflexive capability approach is appropriate to all firms but what is speculated upon is that the reflexive capability is particularly applicable to small to medium sized construction design firms who work globally. A reflexive capability is a characteristic of successful and innovative firms internationalising and working within global models of practice. This paper is the theoretical development to support the paper in this congress “Design Management Methodology to Strengthen Firm and Industry Competitiveness in the Construction Design Services Export sector” where the methodology and results of a cross case analysis of three construction design firms are presented.
ISBN 9781905732913
Language eng
Field of Research 120105 Architecture Management
Socio Economic Objective 870202 Commercial Construction Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, CIB
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033349

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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