Response of Contractor Behaviour to Hierarchical Governance: The Effects on the Performance of Mega-Projects

Hang Yin, Dan Wang, Yilin Yin, Henry Liu, Binchao Deng

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Abstract

Objective – This study aims to examine the impacts of formal and informal hierarchical governance (HGs) on the performance of mega-projects and the mediating role of contractor behaviour, i.e. contractor perfunctory behaviour and contractor consummate behaviour in these relationships.

Method – A total of 375 valid data from managers representing 375 mega-projects have been analysed through path analysis.

Findings – Both formal and informal HGs exert positive effects on the performance of mega-projects. While formal HG positively affects contractor perfunctory behaviour and contractor consummate behaviour, informal HG determines contractor perfunctory behaviour only. Contractor behaviour mediates the relationship between formal HG and the project’s performance.

Research Limitations/Implications – The impacts of potential moderators (e.g. trust and contract flexibility) on the relationship between HG and contractor behaviour have not been considered in this study.

Practical Implications – This study is useful for owners to enhance the formal HG to improve contractor perfunctory and consummate behaviours, which in turn can improve the performance of mega-projects.

Originality/Value – This study expands the knowledge of mega-project performance management in terms of the perspective of HG. It also contributes to the literature of contractor behaviour within the context of mega-projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Volumeahead-of-print
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Apr 2021

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