The use of global strategies by British construction firms

Paul A. WHITLA, Peter WALTERS, Howard DAVIES

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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Abstract

A two-stage qualitative case study, and Yip's conceptual framework, are used to examine the extent to which British construction firms have adopted 'global' strategies. In the first stage industry experts provided evidence on the forces driving global strategy. In the second stage executives from eight internationally active firms described how they have responded to those forces. Results indicate that the forces driving globalisation, at least for traditional contracting activities, are not strong. Evidence shows that most firms operating internationally organise 'multi-locally' and make little use of globally integrated strategies. However, firms that have moved into 'higher value-added' construction activities have a greater propensity to integrate some aspects of their strategy on a global basis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-954
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2007

Keywords

  • Globalisation
  • international competition
  • multinational companies
  • strategy
  • transnationals

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