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Barriers to corporate social responsibility performance in construction organizations

Minh Van Nguyen (Civil Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 29 November 2022




This study aims to identify and prioritize barriers to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the construction sector.


A literature review was first conducted to identify barriers to CSR performance. After that, construction professionals were invited to validate the appropriateness of the obstacles. The discussion allowed the establishment of a list of barriers to CSR performance and their corresponding categories. Data collected from the survey were then analyzed to prioritize the importance of these barriers by the fuzzy DEMATEL-based ANP (DANP) technique.


The findings presented 16 barriers to CSR, which were categorized into four clusters. The fuzzy DANP analysis showed that strategic vision is the most crucial cluster, followed by the measurement system, stakeholder perspective and scarce resources. Among the sixteen barriers examined, lack of awareness, knowledge and information of CSR; low priority of CSR; lack of metrics to quantify CSR benefits; lack of guidelines and coherent strategies; and lack of CSR enforcement mechanism are the five most crucial barriers.


This study is one of the first that proposes a comprehensive model to prioritize barriers to CSR performance of contractors considering their interrelationships. It provides construction stakeholders with a framework for understanding the linkage between the barriers and CSR framework under the umbrella of stakeholder theory. Thus, the findings might assist construction practitioners and academics in fostering the success of CSR implementation.



The author gratefully appreciated and respect all valuable contributions from all participants in this research. The author also express gratitude to Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education for supporting this research.


Nguyen, M.V. (2022), "Barriers to corporate social responsibility performance in construction organizations", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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