Factors affecting perceived level of virtuality in hybrid construction project teams (HCPTs) : a qualitative study

Hosseini, M Reza, Chileshe, Nicholas, Baroudi, Bassam, Zuo, Jian and Mills, Anthony 2016, Factors affecting perceived level of virtuality in hybrid construction project teams (HCPTs) : a qualitative study, Construction innovation, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 460-482, doi: 10.1108/CI-05-2015-0029.

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Title Factors affecting perceived level of virtuality in hybrid construction project teams (HCPTs) : a qualitative study
Author(s) Hosseini, M RezaORCID iD for Hosseini, M Reza orcid.org/0000-0001-8675-736X
Chileshe, Nicholas
Baroudi, Bassam
Zuo, Jian
Mills, AnthonyORCID iD for Mills, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-2223-1550
Journal name Construction innovation
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 460
End page 482
Total pages 23
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1471-4175
Keyword(s) virtual teams
construction projects
hybrid teams
Summary Purpose-Deploying hybrid construction project teams (HCPTs) in which the common pattern of interactions is a blend of face-to-face and virtual communications has been increasingly gaining momentum in the construction context. Evidence has demonstrated that effectiveness of HCPTs is affected by a perceived level of virtuality, i.e. the perception of distance and boundaries between members where teams shift towards working virtually as opposed to purely collocated teams. This study aims to provide an integrated model of the factors affecting perceived virtuality in HCPTs, to address the conspicuous absence of studies on virtuality in the construction context. Design/methodology/approach-An a priori list of factors extracted from existing literature on virtuality was subjected to the scrutiny of 17 experts with experiences of working in HCPTs through semi-structured interviews. Nvivo 10 was deployed for analysing the interview transcripts. Findings-The fndings outline the factors affecting virtuality in HCPTs and map the patterns of their associations as an integrated model. This leads to discovering a number of novel factors, which exert moderating impacts upon perceived virtuality in HCPTs. Practical implications-The fndings assist managers and practitioners dealing with any form of HCPTs (including building information modelling-based networks and distributed design teams) in identifying the variables manipulating the effectiveness of their teams. This enables them of designing more effective team arrangements. Originality/value-As the frst empirical study on virtuality in the construction context, this paper contributes to the sphere by conceptualising and contextualising the concept of virtuality in the construction industry. The study presents a new typology for the factors affecting perceived virtuality by categorising them into predictors and moderators.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/CI-05-2015-0029
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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