Assessment of the effectiveness of communication between the participants of a construction project utilizing meta-network theory: a case study
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Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, ul.Warszawska 24, 31-155 Cracow, Poland
Submission date: 2022-07-18
Acceptance date: 2022-08-10
Publication date: 2023-04-03
Archives of Civil Engineering 2023;1(1):307-327
This paper investigates the fact that construction projects, due to their specificity, are complex, temporary and dynamic. Over their course, participants change, successive construction works are done and new information becomes available. This carries over to difficulties in communication. In the literature, numerous studies note the fact that a network-based approach to the analysis and monitoring of communication as a part of complex construction projects is commendable. Relations between agents, knowledge and tasks in the context of communication within a construction project can be visualized in the form of a meta-network, and suitably developed structural measures can be used to analyze them. In this paper, the authors used meta-network theory to analyze relations between project participants, knowledge and tasks in the context of communication within a construction project, on the basis of the construction of a housing estate located in Katowice, Poland. Meta-network structural analysis allowed for a deeper understanding of these relations and the detection of essential information about the level of communication in the project under investigation, which was a basis for further discussion. The authors also stress the benefits from the approach presented and argue that it should be a starting point for effective management in the sphere of communication in construction companies.
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