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Developing construction project management skills: lessons from Zhuge Liang’s Art of Management

Low Sui Pheng (Associate Professor, School of Building and Real Estate, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Ben Lee Siew Keong (Quantity Surveyor, School of Building and Real Estate, National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 February 1999

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Abstract

A review of existing management literature reveals that most of the literature is written entirely from a Western perspective without any references to practices in the East. In the fast‐growing construction market of China, managers from the West need to pay special attention to Eastern beliefs, cultures and management practices, including those passed down by prominent ancient Chinese sages. Zhuge Liang was an outstanding statesman and military scientist who lived around the period of the Three Kingdoms (ad 220‐289). He studied the Chinese classics and became talented and knowledgeable, rich in his thoughts and subtle in analysing critical political situations. The objectives of this paper are to explain Zhuge Liang′s Art of Management and by implications, provide some insights as to how effective construction project management can be developed through a better understanding of Zhuge Liang′s Art of Management.

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Sui Pheng, L. and Lee Siew Keong, B. (1999), "Developing construction project management skills: lessons from Zhuge Liang’s Art of Management", Career Development International, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 34-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620439910249944

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