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Leadership as muddling through: Site managers in the construction industry

Alexander Styhre

in The Work of Managers

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639724
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738661 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.003.0007
Leadership as muddling through: Site managers in the construction industry

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Site management is a key occupational category in the construction industry. Site managers have overall responsibility, both practical and administrative, for the activities at the construction site. This chapter uses Lindblom’s concept (1959) of ‘muddling through’, derived from studies of policymaking, to understand how site managers’ leadership evolves as they attend to new concerns and emerging challenges. Leadership, for site managers, means constant disruptions because of practical problems. Site managers generally think they lack the time and the opportunity to deal with strategic issues.

Keywords: construction industry; muddling through; emerging challenges; site management; strategic issues

Chapter.  7635 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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