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Empowering project teams: toward an integrative conceptualization of empowerment

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posted on 21.01.2013, 14:14 authored by Martin Tuuli, Steve Rowlinson
Despite its long history, empowerment still remains a diffuse concept; a characteristic that has retarded its development and appropriate use. The theoretical underpinnings of empowerment are explicated in order to provide a thorough understanding and the much needed clarity. Towards this, two distinct approaches to the empowerment concept, structural and psychological, are differentiated and their complementarities articulated. Integrating the managerial or organisational acts/practices supportive of empowerment (structural approach) and employee cognition of empowerment (psychological approach) presents a unifying perspective that facilitates better understanding of the dynamics of the empowerment process. A multilevel perspective that exposes a paradox of empowerment in project teams is also explored and the implications for research and practice of such an integrative-multilevel conceptualisation consequently outlined.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Citation

TUULI, M.M. and ROWLINSON, S., 2007. Empowering project teams: toward an integrative conceptualization of empowerment. IN: Ahmed, S.M., Azhar, S. and Mohamed, S. (eds) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-IV), Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 240 - 247.

Publisher

© CITC-IV, USA

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2007

Notes

This conference paper was presented at the Fourth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Accelerating Innovation in Engineering, Management and Technology, July 11-13, 2007, Australia. The website is at: http://www2.fiu.edu/~citc/citc4/

Language

en