Construction Firms’ Competitiveness

Puying Li, Simon Huston, Ali Parsa

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Chapter 8 examines the role of construction firms as horizontal contracting insti - tutions for smart development. With around $108 billion invested in smart city infrastructure worldwide, the sums at stake are staggering. Smart development calls for competitive construction firms. The research blends competitiveness theory with practical analysis of China’s urbanization and smart city market and construction firms. From the interplay between theory and practice, the research generated a competitiveness model and isolated key competitiveness indicators (KCIs). Detailed case study analysis helped to confirm KCI relevance. The research explored the competitiveness strategies adopted by a single Chinese intelligent building construc - tion firm and noted the importance of robust corporate strategy, organizational capabilities and a sound financial system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Urban Regeneration
Subtitle of host publicationVisions, Institutions and Mechanisms for Real Estate
EditorsSimon Hutson
PublisherTaylor and Francis Group
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781315677521
ISBN (Print)9781138935266, 9781317388432
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Simon Huston; individual chapters, the contributors.


  • Chinese smart urban development
  • Chinese urbanization
  • Construction firms’ competitiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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