Utilizing Societal Engagement as a Vehicle for Enhancing the Image and Sustainability of the Construction Industry

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Author(s)

  • Kelwin K.W. Wong
  • Mohan Kumaraswamy
  • Gangadhar Mahesh
  • S. Thomas Ng

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-229
Journal / PublicationSustainable Development
Volume20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

A construction industry encountering uncertain workload, difficulty in workforce renewal, and ultimately endangering its own sustainability jeopardizes not only the long-term health of the industry, but also the sustainable development of a city's infrastructures. Hong Kong is a city facing this problem and there are growing concerns within the industry that there will be an inadequate workforce to meet future demand and that the industry is unable to attract sufficient young talent, in part because of the negative image of the construction industry. This paper aims to examine the role and impact of societal engagement in infrastructure projects. The notion of using societal engagement as a vehicle for enhancing the image and sustainability of the construction industry, thereby also improving the ability to attract new entrants, is proposed in this paper. It is also suggested that the construction industry's interaction with the public should be a continuous process on a daily basis through a professional workforce that promotes safety, environmental responsibility and caring for the needs of society, rather than only during public engagement events for individual projects. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

Research Area(s)

  • Construction industry image, Public engagement, Reform initiatives, Sustainable construction industry, Workforce sustainability

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Citation Format(s)

Utilizing Societal Engagement as a Vehicle for Enhancing the Image and Sustainability of the Construction Industry. / Wong, Kelwin K.W.; Kumaraswamy, Mohan; Mahesh, Gangadhar et al.
In: Sustainable Development, Vol. 20, No. 3, 05.2012, p. 222-229.

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