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Research Methods for Construction

Author/EditorFellows, Richard F. (Author)
Liu, Anita M. M. (Author)
ISBN: 9781119814733
Pub Date02/12/2021
BindingPaperback
Pages384
Edition5th Ed
Dimensions (mm)245(h) * 175(w) * 20(d)
The fifth edition of this book provides a coherent, comprehensive examination and explanation of construction research.
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It pursues a processual approach and addresses both theoretical/philosophical considerations as well as practical applications - to academic activities and to industry and practice. A pervading theme amongst editors of research journals is the lack of research rigour commonly encountered in construction research papers submitted for consideration. The express aim of this book, like its previous editions, is to emphasise what rigour in construction research means and to enable its achievement to render any research valid and reliable. The new edition has undergone a significant restructuring to enhance the logical flow based around the development of a research cascade which leads from the question, through a range of research activities to produce results and conclusions. Significant new or enhanced material includes additional attention given to axiology, determinism and stochasticism, along with particular attention throughout to ethics, data protection and access, new material on theory borrowing, sensemaking and directionally motivated reasoning, along with additional models and details pertaining to translation.

It pursues a processual approach and addresses both theoretical/philosophical considerations as well as practical applications - to academic activities and to industry and practice. A pervading theme amongst editors of research journals is the lack of research rigour commonly encountered in construction research papers submitted for consideration. The express aim of this book, like its previous editions, is to emphasise what rigour in construction research means and to enable its achievement to render any research valid and reliable. The new edition has undergone a significant restructuring to enhance the logical flow based around the development of a research cascade which leads from the question, through a range of research activities to produce results and conclusions. Significant new or enhanced material includes additional attention given to axiology, determinism and stochasticism, along with particular attention throughout to ethics, data protection and access, new material on theory borrowing, sensemaking and directionally motivated reasoning, along with additional models and details pertaining to translation.

Richard Fellows is Emeritus Professor of Construction Business Management, Loughborough University, UK. He is an experienced quantity surveyor and in his academic career has taught at several universities in the UK and other countries. His research interests concern economics, contracts and law, and the management of people in construction - especially cultural issues as drivers of behaviour and performance. He was a founder and for many years was joint coordinator of the CIB group, W112 - Culture in Construction. Richard is an editor of a leading construction journal and frequent reviewer of papers for international conferences and journals. Anita Liu graduated from the University of Reading and returned to Hong Kong to work in a quantity surveying consultancy, for the Hong Kong government, and for a major contractor. She then moved into academia, obtaining an MSc and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She became Chair Professor of Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying at Loughborough University and subsequently Head of Department and Professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction at The University of Hong Kong. She was also joint co-coordinator of CIB group W112: Culture in Construction.

About the Authors???? Preface to Fifth Edition???? Part 1 Producing a Proposal 1Introduction 1.1 The concept of research 1.1.1 Research: a careful search/investigation 1.1.2 Research: contribution to knowledge 1.1.3 A learning process 1.1.4 Contextual factors affecting research 1.2 Classifications of research 1.2.1 Pure and applied research 1.2.2 Quantitative and qualitative research 1.2.3 Other categories of research 1.3 Theories and paradigms 1.3.1 Development of knowledge 1.3.2 Testing a theory 1.3.3 Paradigms 1.3.4 Positivism 1.3.5 Interpretivism 1.3.6 Pragmatism 1.3.7 Models and hypotheses 1.4 Research styles/methods 1.4.1 Action research 1.4.2 Ethnographic research 1.4.3 Surveys 1.4.4 Case studies 1.4.5 Experiments 1.5 Quantitative and qualitative approaches 1.5.1 Quantitative approaches 1.5.2 Qualitative approaches 1.5.3 Triangulated studies 1.5.4 Data sources 1.6 Where to begin 1.7 Summary References 2Topic for Study 2.1 Selection of a topic 2.1.1 Resources 2.1.2 Subject selection 2.1.3 Choosing a topic 2.1.4 Evaluating alternatives 2.1.5 Refining a topic 2.2 Writing the proposal 2.2.1 Aim 2.2.2 Proposition 2.2.3 Objectives 2.2.4 Hypotheses 2.2.5 Methodology and methods 2.2.6 Programme 2.2.7 Deliverables and industrial / practitioner support 2.3 Summary References Part 2 Executing the Research 3 Initial Research 3.1 The research process 3.1.1 Initial phase 3.1.2 Data and information 3.1.3 Dynamic process 3.2 Initial search 3.2.1 Definitions and assumptions 3.2.2 Theory and literature reviews 3.2.3 Analysing data from a search 3.3 Literature based discovery 3.4 Assembling the theoretical framework 3.4.1 Theory borrowing 3.4.2 Theorising 3.5 Philosophy and paradigms 3.5.1 Ontology, epistemology and axiology 3.5.2 Positivism 3.5.3 Realism 3.5.4 Interpretivism 3.5.5 Constructivism 3.5.6 Phenomenalism 3.5.7 Postmodernism 3.5.8 Pragmatism 3.6 Fuzzy thinking 3.7 Theoretical models and constructs 3.7.1 Theoretical model 3.7.2 Constructs 3.8 Proper referencing 3.9 Summary References 4Approaches to Empirical Work 4.1 Starting data collection 4.2 Experience 4.3 Reasoning and inference 4.3.1 Sensemaking 4.3.2 Motivated reasoning 4.3.3 Determinism and stochasticism 4.3.4 Complexity 4.4 Systems of methods 4.5 Research design 4.5.1 Context 4.5.2 Variance and errors 4.5.3 Empiricism, rationalism and verification 4.6 Qualitative and quantitative approaches 4.6.1 When are qualitative approaches employed? 4.6.2 When are quantitative approaches employed? 4.7 Experimental 4.7.1 Experiments and quasi-experiments 4.7.2 Variables 4.7.3 Experimental control 4.7.4 Replication 4.7.5 Between-subjects design (simple randomised experiments) 4.7.6 Between-subjects design (matched randomised groups) 4.7.7 Within-subject design (repeated measure design) 4.7.8 Factorial experiments 4.8 Survey 4.9 Secondary 4.9.1 Archival 4.9.2 Meta-analysis 4.10 Case study 4.11 Ethnographic 4.11.1 Ethnography 4.11.2 Ethnomethodology 4.12 Action 4.13 Grounded theory (development of theory from data) 4.14 Narrative 4.15 Modelling 4.15.1 Classification of models 4.15.2 Deterministic and stochastic models 4.15.3 The modelling process 4.16 Simulation 4.16.1 Dynamism 4.16.2 Heuristics 4.16.3 Approaches 4.17 Level of research 4.18 Practise

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