Exploring Property Developer Behaviour Through Organisational Theory: Implications for a Sustainable Future

Property developers play a large role in delivering building design and construction that are imperative for a sustainable future. Nonetheless, sustainable building practice is not always adopted, especially in developing cities. Developer behaviour and their response to the practice are often identified as a reflection of the market and notions of practicality (i.e. economic, technological, social, political factors). The study argues that this is an oversimplification of factors involved; that developers are organisations susceptible to the influence of other ‘softer’ organisational and psychological constructs. Drawing on organisational theory and literature on property development, the study seeks to readdress the understanding of factors involved in developer decisions and the extent to which they shape responses to sustainable building practice through a case study of Bangkok.An understanding of property developer behaviour through an organisational behaviour framework is proposed. A qualitative approach was taken to conduct document analyses on 43 developer organisations, followed by 22 semi-structured interviews with top managers and members. Findings reveal that organisational profile and environmentalism of top managers can have extensive influences on sustainable building practice, providing implications for future policy and research.

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Author Information
Alizara Juangbhanich, University College London, United Kingdom

Paper Information Conference: ACP2018
Stream: Industrial Organization and Organization Theory

Added on Monday, April 9th, 2018
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