Towards understanding the contractor's response to carbon reduction policies in the construction projects

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1056
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


Policies like the carbon tax and tightened building regulations have been advocated as the effective drivers of carbon reduction strategy adoption. Few however, have acknowledged that project environment strategy adoption is a matter of organisational culture (OC). This paper reports a study that aims to examine the effect of some key drivers on the contractors' adoption of carbon reduction strategies in OC perspective. A conceptual model which depicts the hypothesised relationship among OC, carbon reduction drivers and strategy adoption is presented. The model is tested with data collected by a survey conducted in New South Wales, Australia. To test the conceptual model, Pearson correlation analysis and multiple moderated regression (MMR) analysis were employed. The results suggest that the respondents may not adjust their attitudes in carbon reduction strategy adoption for the sake of avoiding 'penalty'. The findings may be thought provoking for those who believe that levies on carbon emissions would lead to a behavioural drift. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and APM IPMA.

Research Area(s)

  • Carbon reduction, Construction contractors, Organisational culture, Strategy adoption

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