Quotation Nukic, Ivana Sandrk and Huemann, Martina. 2016. Organizational culture of the Croatian construction industry. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 23 (2), 237-260.




Purpose – As a transitional country and the newest EU Member State, Croatia is facing a more turbulent business environment, which imposes a need for change of companies seeking to achieve a competitive advantage. Being a labour-intensive business, adaptation of construction companies’ strategy strongly depends on the underlying values of their employees. The purpose of this paper is to determine cultural profiles within the construction industry in Croatia. Design/methodology/approach – The research has been conducted using inferential analysis based on primary and secondary data sources. After an extensive literature review, the empirical research was conducted based on a national sample. In all, 108 managers working in construction companies were surveyed using the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument. Reliability of variables was tested by calculating Cronbach α reliability coefficients. Differences among identified mean scores were examined by ANOVA analysis. Findings – The results were analysed in respect of the size, core business, regional orientation and ownership of the respondents’ employing companies. The findings show that, on average, construction companies in Croatia currently function with domination of the hierarchy type of organizational culture, which insufficiently responds to the increasingly competitive environment. Additionally, the study identified the clan as the preferred culture type in Croatian construction companies.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Organizational culture of the Croatian construction industry
Volume 23
Number 2
Year 2016
Page from 237
Page to 260
Reviewed? Y
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-02-2015-0019
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-02-2015-0019


Huemann, Martina (Details)
Nukic, Ivana Sandrk (Department for Organization, Technology and Management, Croatia)
Project Management Group AB (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5364 Project management (Details)
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