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Structural linear relationships between job stress, burnout, physiological stress, and performance of construction project managers

Mei‐yung Leung (Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)
Yee Shan Isabelle Chan (Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)
Chen Dongyu (School of Economics and Information Engineering, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 3 May 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

Construction is a competitive, ever‐changing, and challenging industry. Therefore, it is not surprising that the majority of construction professionals suffer from stress, especially construction project managers (C‐PMs), who are often driven by the time pressures, uncertainties, crisis‐ridden environment, and dynamic social structures that are intrinsic to every construction project. Extensive literature has indicated that stress can be categorized into: job stress, burnout, and physiological stress. This study aims to investigate the impact of stress on the performance of C‐PMs.

Design/methodology/approach

To investigate the relationships between stress and performance among C‐PMs, a questionnaire was designed based on the extensive literature, and was sent to 500 C‐PMs who had amassed at least five years' direct working experience in the construction industry. A total of 108 completed questionnaires were returned, representing a response rate of 21.6 percent. Based on the data collected, an integrated structural equation model of the stresses and performances of C‐PMs was developed using Lisrel 8.0.

Findings

The results of structural equation modelling reveal the following: job stress is the antecedent of burnout, while burnout can further predict physiological stress for C‐PMs; job stress is negatively related only to their task performance; both burnout and physiological stress are negatively related to their organizational performance; and task performance leads positively to their interpersonal performance. Recommendations are given based on the findings to enhance their stress and performance levels.

Originality/value

This study provides a comprehensive investigation into the impact of various types of stress on the performances of C‐PMs. The result constitutes a significant step towards the stress management of C‐PMs in the dynamic and stressful construction industry.

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Citation

Leung, M., Shan Isabelle Chan, Y. and Dongyu, C. (2011), "Structural linear relationships between job stress, burnout, physiological stress, and performance of construction project managers", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 312-328. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699981111126205

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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