Pryke, S (2012) Social Network Analysis in Construction. London: Wiley-Blackwell

Social Network Analysis in Construction By Stephen Pryke, Wiley-Blackwell, London, 2012. 288 pp, ISBN 978-1-1183-4391-3, £45.00 (pb)

Publisher’s description: Increasingly demanding and knowledgeable clients in construction require an approach to project management that recognises both the important role played by the client in the definition of a project and the lack of certainty that large and/or complex projects present. Having identified the importance of managing relationships, both analysts and practitioners today need a sophisticated framework and methodology for observing systems and managing the complex relationships in major construction project coalitions. This book shows how social network analysis (SNA) can be used to observe, monitor and analyse systems and relationships. Although this has been an established analytical technique in the US for some time, it is only now being developed in the UK. Stephen Pryke spent nearly two decades investigating major project relationships using SNA and brings together here mathematical and sociological methods as well as major project relationships in a manner that will inspire both academic interest and a desire to apply these concepts and techniques to live construction projects. Case studies include projects from two of the UKs largest property developers – the UK Ministry of Defence, and a County Council. SNA is innovative but potentially inaccessible to project management analysts and practitioners. In addition to offering the potential for sophisticated retrospective analysis of a wide range of construction and engineering project coalitions, the authors also looks at how we might apply the network analysis findings to the design and management of project and supply chain networks.

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About Will

Professor of Construction Management and Economics, University of Reading, UK. Editor-in-Chief, Construction Management and Economics (1992-2016). Programme Director, MSc Construction Management. School Director of Postgraduate Teaching Programmes.
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