The theory and practice of team integration has changed fundamentally over the
last five years, driven by the growing demands of multi-cultural team working
and greater understanding of cultural issues and diversity in the internationalised
construction environment. According to the literature reviewed, the challenge to
the construction industry in both developed and developing countries is to
address its poor performance on people management by focusing on multicultural
team working. Different reports published by governing bodies in developed countries such as
the UK continue to highlight that clients need to improve their understanding of
how construction can best meet their business needs and help lead the process of
creating integrated teams. Consequently, there have been a number of empirical
studies on project teams, particularly focussing on measures of team success.
However, the consequences of transition from monoculture to multi-cultural
project teams remain largely unexplored in construction management research... cont'd.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.