The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between three key factors that cause workplace bullying among subcontractor managers toward intention to quit the undertaken project within the context of Malaysia.
This study utilized the simple sampling method to select its study sample, while the questionnaire survey approach was implemented amidst 500 G6 and G7 contractor managers across Peninsular Malaysia. A total of 210 completed questionnaires were returned. Partial least square-structural equation modeling was administered to analyze the data via SmartPls 3.0 software.
This study discovered three significant factors (main contractor leadership, construction culture, work organization and job design) that displayed positive effect on workplace bullying among subcontractor managers toward intention to quit. The study outcomes can serve as a direction for policy makers to reduce bullying within the construction project environment.
This study serves as an instruction for main contractors to reinvent their style of management in overcoming bullying in construction projects. This paper guides that collaborative relationship among various parties in construction projects, including the representatives of main contractors and subcontractor managers, may assist in addressing the hostile environment of construction project, in order to create a constructive relationship between them that leads to overall project success.
Recognition of the three key factors that lead to workplace bullying among subcontractor managers in the construction industry, which are bound to enhance intention to quit based on the data set with strong statistical results, has made the research original.
The authors would like to extend their appreciation to the Malaysian Ministry of Education for the research grant entitled “A model for understanding workplace bullying among Malaysian workers” that has made this paper possible.
Jalali, A., Hidzir, N.I., Jaafar, M. and Dahalan, N. (2019), "Factors that trigger bullying amongst subcontractors toward intention to quit in the construction projects", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 140-152. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-01-2019-0001Download as .RIS
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