Looking out to look in: inspiration from social sciences for construction management research

Leentje Volker*

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In reaction to the recent call for critical debate in the field of construction management research, I argue that we should embrace the richness of adjacent fields of study in order to dynamically develop our own and face the plethora of contemporary societal challenges that exist in our industry. I introduce the concepts of other-than-rational thinking in decision-making and multiplicity in management responses as examples of inspirational sources from social sciences that would contribute to truly understanding the driving forces of construction management processes. I connect these concepts to contemporary studies in construction management and share my experiences with several positive collaborative approaches in conducting construction management research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction management and economics
Issue number1
Early online date30 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • critical debate
  • intuitive decision-making
  • management processes
  • multidisciplinary
  • multiplicity
  • Academic practice


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