Organizational context, structural attributes and management systems in construction firms

Kabasakal H. E., SÖZEN A. Z.

Construction Management and Economics, vol.7, no.4, pp.347-356, 1989 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01446198900000033
  • Journal Name: Construction Management and Economics
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.347-356
  • Keywords: company performance, Management systems, organization structures, organizational context, Turkey
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


An exploratory study on contextual and structural correlates and performance implications of use of advanced management systems in construction firms was carried out. A sample of 24 Turkish general contractors was investigated. Results show that the contextual variables of domain diversity, size and technology are not directly associated with the degree to which management tools are utilized. There is evidence, however, to indicate that structural dimensions of complexity and decentralization serve as intervening variables. Of the two, internal specialization appears to be more strongly associated with management systems use. A significant positive relationship also emerges between use of management systems and company performance. Alternative explanations for this finding are discussed. © 1989, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.