Motivating the construction academic: a conceptual study

Abeysekera, Ashoka and Abeysekera, Vasantha (2012) Motivating the construction academic: a conceptual study. In: World Construction Conference 2012: Global Challenges in Constrcution Industry, 28 - 30 June 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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The main purpose of this study is to understand factors that motivate and demotivate a construction academic based on existing literature. An extensive examination of published literature failed to reveal any studies on motivation or demotivation of construction academics but for a few studies on motivation of academics in general. These studies revealed over 25 intrinsic and extrinsic factors which were differentiated between factors cited in conceptual and empirical studies. A further distinction was made between factors cited in studies focussed directly on motivation of academics, and factors cited in studies investigating a different topic. Factors so identified, provide a broad base for understanding ‘what’ factors affect motivation and demotivation of academics However, these studies have not taken into account discipline specific, job level, and other contextual issues or prioritised factors based on importance. Moreover, ‘how’ these factors could be used for improving organisational performance focussing on different disciplines and roles within these disciplines have not been studied either. Nevertheless, an examination of these factors revealed that most fall within the control of the university management. As such, there is a need for understanding what management styles could be used for increasing motivation and minimising demotivation, and this is an area that needs investigation focussing on construction specific issues vis-à-vis context and job roles.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version © Ceylon Institute of Builders - Sri Lanka.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 03:27
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction academic, demotivation, motivation, university management
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120299 Building not elsewhere classified

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