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Challenges negating virtual construction project team performance in the Middle East

Sukhwant Kaur Sagar (Durham College School of Business IT and Management, Oshawa, Canada)
Mohammed Arif (School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, University of Brighton, UK)
Olugbenga Timo Oladinrin (Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Muhammed Qasim Rana (School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 25 January 2022

Issue publication date: 8 June 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Over the last couple of decades, many organisations are increasingly adopting virtual team concepts, and construction companies in the Middle East are no exception. Members of a virtual team are geographically scattered and represent a diverse range of cultures. Thus, challenging issues emerge more frequently than in a traditional team. There are challenges associated with space and time as well as high client's demand. Therefore, this study aims to identify and probe the causes of the challenges in virtual project teams in the construction industry of the Middle East.

Design/methodology/approach

A list of challenges was derived through a comprehensive review of relevant literature. Questionnaire survey was conducted with professionals who are involved in construction virtual project teams. Further, the factor analysis technique was used to analyse the survey responses.

Findings

The results show that the challenges in virtual team arrangement in the Middle East construction industry can be grouped into seven categories, namely, organisational culture, conflict within the team, characteristics of the team members, trust within the team members diversity of the team, communication and training, and cohesion in the team. Understanding of these factors will drive the needed platform to support effective virtual project teams in the Middle East.

Originality/value

This study raises the prospect that organisations may establish an environment for team members to achieve higher levels of virtual cooperation by concentrating on these potentially crucial factors. This, in turn, will encourage further innovation and performance within construction organisations.

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Acknowledgements

Declarations of interest: None.

Citation

Sagar, S.K., Arif, M., Oladinrin, O.T. and Rana, M.Q. (2022), "Challenges negating virtual construction project team performance in the Middle East", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 613-629. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-08-2021-0104

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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