Institutional waste within the UK construction procurement context: a conceptual framework

Sarhan, Saad and Pasquire, Christine and King, Andrew and Manu, Emmanuel (2018) Institutional waste within the UK construction procurement context: a conceptual framework. The Engineering Project organization Journal, 8 . pp. 36-64. ISSN 2157-3727

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Abstract

There is a broad consensus among social and economic researchers that ‘institutions’ matter. Institutions
influence beliefs, norms and actions; thus they shape performance and outcomes. Interestingly, the concept
of institutions is not well established in construction economics or management research, specifically in
waste-related literature. This paper presents discussions on the impact of imperfect regulations, norms and
cultural/cognitive assumptions that exist within the construction procurement context, and how this has
translated into the institutionalisation of wasteful behaviours and practices in construction projects. Based
on a critical review of extant literature, the ultimate objectives of this study are to: (1) contribute to the
overall understanding of waste in construction by suggesting a novel perspective to the generation and
persistence of waste in construction projects; (2) demonstrate how the neo-institutional theory, a branch of
organizational sociology, can potentially be applied as an analytical lens to deliver a more explicit theory
of waste that relates cause and effect within the wider aspects of construction procurement systems and
relationships; (3) highlight a number of widely accepted regulations, norms and meanings that impede
efficiency and improvement efforts in construction; and (4) formulate propositions on institutional waste in

Keywords:Waste, Institutional theory, Lean Construction, Construction Procurement, Organisational Studies, JCCLuster
Subjects:L Social studies > L990 Social studies not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K220 Construction Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N213 Project Management
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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Deposited On:06 Mar 2018 00:41

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