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Off-site production and the redrawing of professional boundaries


Project Description

The mix between on and off-site production in the construction sector varies across countries and regions. In many countries, changing market demand is driving a shift in the balance between on and off-site work. This dissertation will explore the impact of this shift on the division of tasks within a construction project. In most cases these changes are not anticipated. Instead they are worked out in the course of individual projects. The proposed research will explore the ongoing negotiation of professional boundaries at the project level and the mechanisms by which these changes are captured and eventually institutionalized at the sector level. Issues of interest include the negotiation of everyday tasks, the reaction of professional bodies to changes in the nature of work and transformation in professional identities and jurisdictions.
The research will combine knowledge of construction processes with qualitative research methods. There is an opportunity for cross case and comparative analysis.
The mix between on and off-site production in the construction sector varies across countries and regions. In many countries, changing market demand is driving a shift in the balance between on and off-site work. This dissertation will explore the impact of this shift on the division of tasks within a construction project. In most cases these changes are not anticipated. Instead they are worked out in the course of individual projects. The proposed research will explore the ongoing negotiation of professional boundaries at the project level and the mechanisms by which these changes are captured and eventually institutionalized at the sector level. Issues of interest include the negotiation of everyday tasks, the reaction of professional bodies to changes in the nature of work and transformation in professional identities and jurisdictions.
The research will combine knowledge of construction processes with qualitative research methods. There is an opportunity for cross case and comparative analysis.

Funding Notes

Candidates should have first class or 2.1 degree or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject and should be interested in applying social science approaches to construction and engineering topics.

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