Drivers, Motivations and Barriers for Being a Socially Responsible Firm in Construction: a Critical Review

Q. Zhang, B. T. H. Lim, B. L. Oo

Abstract

With the rapid changes in societal and environmental expectations, the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has increasingly gaining its popularity among academic and practitioners within the construction industry. CSR research in construction is moving forward on a wide range of fronts but it is also fragmented as to how researchers operationalized motivators, drivers and barriers towards CSR implementation. In addressing this, this paper attempts to map out the key drivers, motivations and barriers to implementing CSR in the construction industry by undertaking a review of 69 relevant published articles. The findings have been classified into three categories of drivers, nine categories of motivations and five perspectives of barriers. The overall results reveal that the most cited drivers and motivations of construction firms are market pressure and branding, reputation and image, respectively, while the significant aspects of barriers mainly come from the business entity itself (e.g., lack of resource and capability). In conclusion, the findings offer a current state of art on the operationalization of key drivers, motivators and barriers to CSR implementation in construction and recommend some research directions. Future works should consider: (1) conduct empirical studies to test the effectiveness of the identified factors; (2) explore the relationship between key stakeholders and CSR performance; and (3) propose effective management mechanism to facilitate communication, cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders of construction firms.

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Zhang Q., Lim B. and Oo B. (2018). Drivers, Motivations and Barriers for Being a Socially Responsible Firm in Construction: a Critical Review.In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Environmental Management, Science and Engineering - Volume 1: IWEMSE, ISBN 978-989-758-344-5, pages 568-575. DOI: 10.5220/0007563205680575


in Bibtex Style

@conference{iwemse18,
author={Q. Zhang and B. T. H. Lim and B. L. Oo},
title={Drivers, Motivations and Barriers for Being a Socially Responsible Firm in Construction: a Critical Review},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Workshop on Environmental Management, Science and Engineering - Volume 1: IWEMSE,},
year={2018},
pages={568-575},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007563205680575},
isbn={978-989-758-344-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the International Workshop on Environmental Management, Science and Engineering - Volume 1: IWEMSE,
TI - Drivers, Motivations and Barriers for Being a Socially Responsible Firm in Construction: a Critical Review
SN - 978-989-758-344-5
AU - Zhang Q.
AU - Lim B.
AU - Oo B.
PY - 2018
SP - 568
EP - 575
DO - 10.5220/0007563205680575