Participation in Construction Management Student Competitions: Perceived Positive and negative Effects
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In the discipline of construction management (CM) student competitions are well thought of and typically have good construction industry support. However, little published research is available addressing these competitions. This study collected data via interviews and a survey to better understand what the perceived positive and negative effects of student competition participation are. Using a grounded theory design eleven positive and four negative themes emerged through the open coding process associated with student competition participation. The positive effects including: confidence, connecting all the dots, industry involvement leadership, motivation, presentation skills, problem solving, real world experience, teamwork, and time management. The negative effects include: expectations, resources, scoring methods, and time. An axial coding process was used to identify a central phenomenon connecting these effects; construction industry involvement. The selective coding process then identified a cyclical pattern showing a connection between the positive effects, leadership, key graduate competencies, and construction industry involvement to tell the story of the phenomenon of student construction management competitions.
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Bigelow, Ben F.; Glick, Scott; Aragon, Antonette (2013). Participation in Construction Management Student Competitions: Perceived Positive and negative Effects. Taylor & Francis. Available electronically from