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Title: Measurement and antecedents of cooperation in construction
Authors: Anvuur, Aaron M.
Kumaraswamy, Mohan M.
Keywords: Cooperation
Personnel Management
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Citation: ANVUUR, A.M. and KUMARASWAMY, M.M., 2012. Measurement and antecedents of cooperation in construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138 (7), pp. 797-810.
Abstract: The cooperation construct in construction lacks conceptual-definitional clarity. A multi-dimensional model of cooperation is proposed in which the construct is conceptualized as comprising four related yet conceptually distinct behaviors: in-role, extra-role, compliance, and deference behavior. The construct validity of this model is assessed using confirmatory factor analysis and a sample of 140 professional managers in Hong Kong. Structural equation modeling is then used to test specific predictions linking the four cooperative behaviors with two extrinsic (incentives and sanctions) and intrinsic (intrinsic job satisfaction and legitimacy) job cognition variables. Findings confirm the convergent, discriminant, and nomological validity of the proposed model. Between them, the two intrinsic job cognition variables predict all four behavior dimensions: intrinsic job satisfaction predicts in-role and extra-role behaviors; and legitimacy predicts compliance and deference behaviors. In contrast, the influence of the extrinsic job cognition variables on cooperative behavior is imprecise and weaker. The research suggests that initiatives aimed at improving the level of cooperation in construction project settings should focus more attention on stimulating the internal motivations (enhancing ‘personal causality’) of project actors.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000498
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12343
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000498
ISSN: 0733-9364
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