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Markets, professions and firms of the construction industry: the changing roles of architects in response to vertical integration

AY Jia, T Kvan, SS Gao, PW Chan, CJ Neilson

Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM - 33rd Annual Conference 2017, Proceeding | Association of Researchers in Construction Management | Published : 2017


The roles of professions in the construction industry in markets globally differ from one another according to the socio-political, cultural and historical contexts they are situated in, reflecting the institutional nature of the markets themselves. The institutional logics of state, market and profession compete to shape firm strategies. We adopt an institutional logics perspective to explore how architecture firms adapt their roles in the project procurement systems in response to vertical integration in the supply chain and the change of logics at the societal and field levels. Three architecture firms were analysed in this exploratory study. Data were collected through structured intervi..

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