Organisational culture of Chinese construction organisations in Kuwait
Jaeger, M and Yu, G and Adair, D, Organisational culture of Chinese construction organisations in Kuwait, Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 24, (6) pp. 1051-1066. ISSN 0969-9988 (2017) [Refereed Article]
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify evidence for, first, the existence and nature of
organisational culture of Chinese construction organisations in Kuwait, second, the differences and
similarities when comparing with construction organisations in China and, third, the differences and
similarities when comparing with construction organisations within the countries of the Gulf Cooperation
Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected through researcher administered survey
instruments from 33 Chinese construction project managers in Kuwait, then were analysed by using the
Organisational Culture Assessment Instrument and empirical statistics.
Findings – The Hierarchy culture was found to be dominant. It matches the predominant organisational
culture among construction organisations in China, but is different from the blend of Hierarchy and Group
culture of construction organisations in the GCC.
Originality/value – Chinese construction organisations in Kuwait were found to foster an organisational
culture that is close to Chinese construction organisations in China regarding Hierarchy, Market and
Adhocracy culture, but closer to the GCC construction organisations regarding the Group culture.
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