Making sense of ‘new age data sets’: researching from afar

Johan Ninan, Mathangi Krishnamurthy, Ashwin Mahalingam

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This chapter considers the central role of uncertainty for cognition and action in construction project organising with a focus on how project practitioners think about the future. It takes a cognitive approach to uncertainty in the context of a broader information processing approach to decision-making in organisations. The chapter’s main concern is the failure of this approach to connect cognition through to action. The chapter presents the UnCoCoH (Un-Certain Complex Complicated Hidden) model as a tool to assist in recognising the transition from individual cognition to collective action. It also highlights the role of narratives for stabilising uncertainty through this transition. This provides a foundation for working towards the development of a projectivity perspective in construction project organising and advancing a research agenda for this program of research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Construction Management
EditorsRoine Leiringer, Andy Dainty
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UKe
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781800375451
ISBN (Print)9781800375444
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameElgar Research Agendas
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing

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