Organization Design for International Construction Business
The book explains how Gravitational Distance and the System of Cities influence transnational construction-related firms when they venture overseas. The study presented in the book internalizes the characteristics of home and foreign cities, and of transnational firms, to develop situational business strategies and organization designs in terms of Strategy, Structure, Systems, Leadership Style, Firm’s Skills, Staff’s characteristics, Shared Values and Supply Chain. The book presents the findings of surveys and interviews with managers and professionals in eight different Asian cities stretching from Singapore to China. The findings are then used to develop business solutions in the form of a Decision Support System (DSS) for transnational construction firms, helping them to adopt an appropriate organization design strategy when they venture into overseas markets. Issues relating to globalization, competitiveness, risk management, communications, networks, government interference, business strategies, organization structures and systems in the context of international construction business are discussed together with corresponding recommendations for implementation. Although construction-related firms were used as the basis for the field studies, the lessons learned are equally applicable for organizations in other industries.
Lessons for managers and professionals for the international market are presented, especially in the context of fast-growing Asian cities Readers learn about the differences between government-linked companies and private companies and their respective modus operandi The book provides a fresh perspective on corporate geography and the challenges of internationalization through the lens of distance and centrality of cities Readers can better understand the unique problems faced by transnational firms in specific Asian cities and the corresponding mitigation measures that they themselves can adopt in circumventing such problems strategically