Cultural factors influencing disputes in public construction

K Alkhamali, Ibrahim Motawa, Stephen Olubodunwa Ogunlana

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Although dispute in construction industry has been widely discussed in literature worldwide, few studies have examined the specific nature of the relationship between disputes and cultural factors. This paper presents a study of the influence of cultural factors on disputes in public construction. An exhaustive review of literature is undertaken to identify the effects of organisational culture and leadership in avoiding or minimizing disputes in construction organisations. A proposal is presented for further research based on data collected from governmental agencies and contractors in order to introduce a framework to deal with cultural issues affecting disputes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings W113 - Special Track 18th CIB World Building Congress May 2010 Salford, United Kingdom
Subtitle of host publicationCIB W113 - Law and Dispute Resolution
EditorsPeter Barrett, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Kaushai Keraminiyage, Chaminda Pathirage
Place of PublicationSalford
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventCIB World Building Congress 2010: Building a Better World - University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 May 201013 May 2010

Publication series

NameCIB Publication


ConferenceCIB World Building Congress 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • disputes
  • construction industry
  • cultural factors
  • organisational culture
  • construction projects


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