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Integrated model for the stressors, stress, stress-coping behaviour of construction project managers in the UK

Shamil George Naoum (School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London, London, UK)
Carlos Herrero (School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)
Charles Egbu (School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)
Daniel Fong (School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 20 April 2018

Issue publication date: 17 May 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

It is axiomatic that construction is a fast-paced and competitive industry, which goes hand in hand with many construction professionals suffering from stress including construction project managers (C-PMs). The role of C-PMs is crucial to achieving project success as they are responsible for planning the project, organising human resources, controlling operations and the budget, and forecasting probable difficulties. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the causal relationships between stressors, stresses, stress-coping behaviours and their impact on the performance of C-PMs.

Design/methodology/approach

To investigate the relationships between stress and performance among C-PMs, a questionnaire was designed based on the extensive literature, and was sent to 150 C-PMs who had amassed at least five years’ direct working experience in the construction industry. A total of 44 completed questionnaires were returned. Correlation analysis and structural equation modelling were employed to understand the integrated relationships between these factors. Based on the data collected and analysis of the results, an integrated structural equation model of the stresses and performances of C-PMs was developed using AMOS version 22.0.

Findings

The results of structural equation modelling reveal the following: burnout is the type of stress that has the highest impact on the performance of C-PMs, being detrimental to their interpersonal performance (IPP) and positive for their organisational performance (OP), whereas physiological stress worsens the task performance of C-PMs and objective stress improves their IPP. The most active stressor towards the performance of C-PMs is “workgroup cooperation”, which has an impact on the IPP in a positive way but is detrimental to the OP. Career-developing environment, poor organisational structure and role conflict affect both stress and performance together.

Originality/value

This study provides a comprehensive investigation into the impact of various types of stress on the performances of C-PMs. The result constitutes a significant step towards the stress management of C-PMs in the dynamic and stressful construction industry.

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Citation

Naoum, S.G., Herrero, C., Egbu, C. and Fong, D. (2018), "Integrated model for the stressors, stress, stress-coping behaviour of construction project managers in the UK", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 761-782. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-07-2017-0071

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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