Productivity, skills, and training: a problem of definition?

Mohamed S. Abdel-Wahab, Andrew R.J. Dainty, Stephen G. Ison, Lee Bryer, Guy Hazlehurst

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There appears to be no agreement on a common framework for defining
productivity, skills and training. Accordingly, the relationship between skills and
training with respect to productivity remain unclear. This is important to ensure that the industry’s skills base and training needs are geared towards improving productivity in the construction industry. This paper seeks to achieve this through an overview of the existing literature to map out the current understanding of productivity, skills and training then attempt to define a domain, where a relationship could be established. The analysis reveals a wide range of definitions that could result in potential confusion in adopting these terms by different stakeholders, which presents an obstacle for collaborative action. As such, this research provides a starting point for investigating
this discrepancy and demonstrating that a clear understanding of skills and training is an important step towards inducing productivity gains to the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second Scottish Conference for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built and Natural Environment (PRoBE)
Subtitle of host publication16-17 November 2005, Glasgow Caledonian University
EditorsCharles O. Egbu, Michael K.L. Tong
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherGlasgow Caledonian University
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)190366182X
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • discrepancy
  • productivity
  • skills
  • training


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