However, what is seemingly surprising is that as the focus on the understanding and elucidation of the prime significance of human resource management in traditional organizations abounds (eg. Wood & Menezes, 2008; Wolfgang & Brewster, 2005; Vandenabeele & Hondehem, 2008), there is an opinion that there seems to be a very limited study being conducted on human resource management in project-oriented industries like the construction industry (Stratton, 2009; Huimann et al, 2007). And in response to this limitation, this paper intends to look into people management in the construction industry. As there is a limitation in the number of studies that are being conducted in human resource management in the construction industry, this paper will look into the question how is people management in the construction industry undertaken?
This study intends to provide a literature review of people management in the construction industry. In this way, although there is a limited study pertinent to this subject, clearer and the better understanding of the significance and vital role of people in the construction industry will be attained. The electronic database Academic Premier, Google Scholar, ERIC, was searched using the following key terms: human management, organization, construction industry, human resource, people management, projects, and construction.
Articles are written only in English and were published from the period of 1995 -2010 were included in the selection. Likewise, literature which presented a conceptual and quantitative analysis of people management in the construction industry were included. Excluded from the selection were books, editorials, position papers, monographs, and pamphlets. The reference list of the articles was searched to identify additional relevant publications. The paper will be having the following structure.
First, is the introduction which contains the introduction to the study, the statement of the problem, the purpose of the study, the search method, and the structure of the paper. The second part is the literature review. Finally, the third part of the paper will be its conclusion. In the end, it is the hope of the researcher that this paper may add to the understanding of people management in the construction industry.
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