Thinking productivity - hierarchical model

Mohamed S. Abdel-Wahab, David R. Moore

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Abstract

Productivity improvement is an often cited driving force for progression in the UK construction industry. The UK industry remains a significant employer, thus the labour resource stands out as the most challenging factor in productivity improvement due, in part to the complexity of dealing with HRM in a fragmented industry portrayed as having an adversarial culture. In combination with inconsistency of both the definition and measurement of productivity this results in a confused interpretation of productivity statements at the industry level, and their relationship to production processes at the activity level. This relation is not linear, as is frequently suggested. As a means of developing productivity theory, a model will be presented that draws a distinction between different productivity levels. Consistency in measurement and definition of productivity is a pre-requisite to organisational innovation and development. This is important as not having accurate and precise benchmarks for productivity engenders the dissipation of energy in non-useful work and minimises advancement that could act as a basis for useful innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 15 Jun 200517 Jun 2005

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction
CountryNetherlands
CityRotterdam
Period15/06/0517/06/05

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Hierarchical model
Productivity
Industry
Productivity improvement
Progression
Organizational innovation
Factors
Construction industry
Organizational development
Resources
Benchmark
Dissipation
Energy
Employers
Innovation
Inconsistency
Driving force
Production process
Labor

Keywords

  • productivity
  • definition
  • measurement
  • non-linear relationship
  • hierarchical model
  • innovation

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Abdel-Wahab, M. S., & Moore, D. R. (2005). Thinking productivity - hierarchical model. 1-11. Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed S. ; Moore, David R. / Thinking productivity - hierarchical model. Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Rotterdam, Netherlands.11 p.
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Abdel-Wahab, MS & Moore, DR 2005, 'Thinking productivity - hierarchical model' Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 15/06/05 - 17/06/05, pp. 1-11.

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Abdel-Wahab MS, Moore DR. Thinking productivity - hierarchical model. 2005. Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Rotterdam, Netherlands.