Management of Construction Projects in Vietnam: An Activity Theory Analysis

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Journal Article
International Journal of Engineering and Technology, 2017, 9 (5), pp. 387 - 391
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The analysis of managing construction projects is often reviewed using the iron triangle of time, cost and quality. Researchers in the field of project management have called for new paradigms to be applied to analysing projects. The research in this paper uses Activity Theory as a lens of interpretation to compare the management of construction projects in Vietnam against practices used in developed countries. The research focuses on the work Activity of construction management professionals and the mediating forces that differentiate building in Vietnam. The research found mediating factors such as the physical environment where work was taking place, the low cost of labour and the culture characteristics of loss of face and approach to site safety, played a significant role in the construction Activity in Vietnam. An emergent theme highlighted by using the Activity Theory paradigm is an interconnected relationship between mediating elements in an Activity System.
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