Communication is an important topic in the construction industry, as also reported in the literature. Often problems in construction are referred to as communication problems [Emmerson 1962]; [Higgin and Jessop 1965]; [Latham 1994]; [DETR 1998]. Due to its specific characteristics, the industry forms a complex communication environment. Construction is a fragmented and dynamic sector with a projectbased nature. This makes that many stakeholders operate in frequently changing sets of relationships which are contractually driven. The culture shows a reality of conflicts and lack of mutual respect and trust [Dainty et al 2006]. The goal of this research project is to improve communication in construction. To define the problem in more detail and to define a more specific research goal, the project started with two studies. Literature on communication in construction was studied, and interviews were held with experts in the Netherlands. This provided a first impression of the situation in the practice and literature of construction. This paper reports the first findings (in Section 4), including a more focused problem definition, the main research goal and a possible research set-up to tackle the problem. The literature study is reported in the next section; the empirical data from the expert interviews are discussed in Section 3. The paper ends with some conclusions.
|Title of host publication||ADAPTABLES 2006|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings of the joint CIB, Tensinet, IASS International Conference on Adaptability in Design and Construction|
|Editors||F. Scheublin, A. Pronk, M. Prins, S. Emmitt, A den Otter|
|Place of Publication||Eindhoven|
|Publisher||Eindhoven University of Technology|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Jul 2006|
|Event||International Conference on Adaptable Building Structures, ADAPTABLES 2006 - Eindhoven, Netherlands|
Duration: 3 Jul 2006 → 5 Jul 2006
|Conference||International Conference on Adaptable Building Structures, ADAPTABLES 2006|
|Period||3/07/06 → 5/07/06|
- communication process
- demand-supply communication
Hoezen, M., Reymen, I., & Dewulf, G. P. M. R. (2006). The problem of communication in construction. In F. Scheublin, A. Pronk, M. Prins, S. Emmitt, & A. den Otter (Eds.), ADAPTABLES 2006: proceedings of the joint CIB, Tensinet, IASS International Conference on Adaptability in Design and Construction (pp. 12-14-12-19). Eindhoven: Eindhoven University of Technology.