Paper Sessions 3 Session 17

90 minutes
Paper Session

Building Resilience in Construction Management Students
Anthony Mills

The objective of the research was to explore how resilience can be developed in construction management students. The research examined the nature of resilience suggesting that the development of such skills improves the capacity of graduates to enter the world of work. The research data was collected using a desktop audit of eight construction management degree courses in Australia. The research then comprised a series of interviews with university teaching staff to probe the existence of resilience components in the curriculum. Finally, the framework developed was validated with a group of industry professionals who had an understanding of the nature of developing resilience. The research results suggested that resilience could not only be developed in students, but that it also formed an essential part of the skill set needed to ensure a successful career in industry. This study contributes to both an understanding of resilience and clear directions of how it may be developed in construction education. The paper offers practical help to those involved in developing teaching materials that may be useful for graduates entering the construction industry. The research offers new insight in the interplay between teaching content and developing soft skills in university students.

Unions Are Not Against Prefabrication
Adanegn Woldemichael

Unions are a vital part of growing and expanding construction industry. What union electrical workers get out of the industry depends on their readiness and competitiveness to advance the existing work methods. Prefabrication is one of these methods, and many researchers indicate its benefits in terms of time, cost, quality and safety. But electrical union workers have not fully used these benefits, and there is limited information available on the prevailing best practices of prefabrication specific to different local unions jurisdictions. Accordingly, this paper identifies the prevailing best practices of prefabrication feasible to union electrical workers. The intended audiences are union electrical workers and union electrical contractors. The study is performed by conducting a survey to collect the necessary data from union electrical workers who are working under Local Union 613. The questions are designed to evaluate union workers' attitudes toward prefabrication and mainly focus on listing and comparing most useful prefabrication practices. The study helps to bring a common understanding among union electrical workers on implementation of prefabrication, and it opens doors for continual improvement on prevailing best practices. Ultimately, these may significantly alter union electrical workers' competitive position and make them more sustainable.

Job Site Behaviors of Unionized Mechanical Foremen Relative to Knowledge of the Project Budget
Zach Seibert

This is an exploratory study which attempts to find a relationship between knowledge of the project budget and the job site behaviors of unionized mechanical foremen. Literature on the topics of budget participation and participative management led the authors to believe that a relationship would exist between these variables. Previously validated scales were used to measure job site behaviors, occupational commitment and knowledge of the project budget. Multilinear regression analysis showed no relationship between knowledge of project budget and job site behaviors. Minor support was revealed for the positive relationship between a foreman’s career commitment and their pace of work. Significant correlations between independent variables also revealed relationships between employee commitment to their job and employee commitment to their career, as well as employee commitment to their employer and lunches with the boss.