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Value conflicts and organizational commitment of internal construction stakeholders

Babak Panahi (Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Elena Moezzi (Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Christopher Nigel Preece (Abu Dhabi University (ADU), Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Wan Normeza Wan Zakaria (Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 17 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The possible effect of conflicts as the consequence of differences between personal and organizational values (OV) on organizational commitment (OC) of internal construction stakeholders was an unclear issue in the areas of organizational behaviour in the construction industry, especially in Malaysia. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to focus on this issue in the Malaysian construction industry.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper targeted professional project consultants, who are identified as architects, engineers, and quantity surveyors, as the internal construction stakeholders. The personal-OV and the level of OC of the stakeholders were evaluated through a questionnaire survey. To achieve the research objective, comparative and hierarchical regression analyses were performed.

Findings

The results generated by the analyses indicated a high level of value conflicts in the construction organizations which significantly and negatively affected commitment of the internal stakeholders.

Originality/value

Value conflicts in construction organizations are the agenda of this paper while not many empirical studies have been conducted on this issue in Malaysia. This paper through investigating the potential effect of value conflicts on the stakeholders’ commitment reveals the importance of interaction between personal and OV in construction organizations which contributes to the extant literature of organizational behaviour as to the construction literature.

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Citation

Panahi, B., Moezzi, E., Preece, C.N. and Wan Zakaria, W.N. (2017), "Value conflicts and organizational commitment of internal construction stakeholders", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 554-574. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-01-2016-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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