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Building sustainability in the construction industry through firm capabilities, technology and business innovativeness: empirical evidence from Malaysia


Bamgbade, J. A. and Mohd Nawi, Mohd Nasrun and Kamaruddeen, A. M. and Adeleke, A. Q. and Salimon, Maruf Gbadebo (2019) Building sustainability in the construction industry through firm capabilities, technology and business innovativeness: empirical evidence from Malaysia. International Journal of Construction Management. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1562-3599

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Abstract

While the identification of the drivers of social sustainability in construction firms has remained one of the popular topics in the literature, many questions about these drivers remain unanswered, especially in the context of the developing countries. This study empirically determines some organizational internal drivers influencing the social sustainability performance in construction firms. To achieve this, we developed a conceptual model and tested on a sample of registered and active large construction firms from the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board, using partial least-squares structural equation modelling for analysis. The study reveals that organizational internal drivers could trigger social sustainability performance. However, our analysis shows that organizational capabilities – complex tangible and intangible resources that are controlled by a firm through certain organizational practices and which enable it to implement value-creating strategies-partially mediates the relationship between these drivers and social sustainability. While few limitations of this study include the fact that the data used are the subjective opinions of the top officials who responded to the survey, our findings reveal that construction firms with efficient resource capabilities tend to adopt more sustainability in project delivery. This study contributes to the ongoing discussion on the important factors for social sustainability in construction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable construction, organizational innovativeness, organizational capabilities, technology orientation, construction firms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: School of Technology Management & Logistics
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 01:37
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 01:37
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/26888

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