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Challenges of international design chain integration and cultural diversity : organisational reflexive capability

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posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kerry London, Jessica Siva, Hisham Elkadi
Increasingly project teams on international mega projects are composed of multiple partners from different countries forming joint ventures to achieve a higher level of strategic flexibility. Establishing and maintaining local business networks are critical to ensure the success of exporting firms. Firms who achieve competitive advantage in international markets and long term economic sustainability constantly adapt their business practices to achieve client satisfaction by a combination of self, market and project needs assessment. Successful firms ultimately achieve this in local markets but in international market this is intensified with the complexity of barriers grounded in cross-cultural contexts. The need for flexibility, adaptability and continual reassessment is enhanced as the market evolves in various localities. Reflexivity theory was used to develop a conceptual model to explain the way in which firms develop awareness, responsiveness and adaptability for long term success in diverse international markets. This paper summarizes the initial Australian study which developed the model grounded in empirical observations of design construction firms working on projects in developing countries and a second study of Malaysian firms which validated the model. The aim of this study was to develop a performance measurement framework for capabilities assessment of international collaborative partnerships. The study explored the joint venture partnerships between Australian and Malaysian property and construction professionals. Four Malaysian organizations were examined as case studies and two key activities of design management and knowledge management were analyzed in relation to social, cultural and intellectual capital transformation within the Reflexivity Capability Maturity Assessment Framework.



Construction in Developing Countries. Conference (2nd : 2010 : Cairo, Egypt)


814 - 825


Khwaja Printers & Publishers


Cairo, Egypt

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Karachi, Pakistan

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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ICCIDC 2010 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Construction in Developing Countries : Advancing and Integrating Contruction Education, Research and Practice

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