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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1936;

(Dis)Trust, Control, and Project Success: From a Chinese Project Owner’s Perspective

School of Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University, Sydney 2000, Australia
School of Architecture and Built Environment; Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), The University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
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Received: 10 September 2017 / Revised: 16 October 2017 / Accepted: 23 October 2017 / Published: 31 October 2017
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This research aims to investigate the relationship between interorganizational trust and control and their effects on the project success from the perspective of project owners. Based on relevant literature and the actual situation in the Chinese construction industry, trust was classified as calculative trust and relational trust, and control was classified as outcome control, behavior control, and social control. Results show that project owners’ distrust of contractors is independent of project owners’ trust of contractors. Calculative trust has a positive influence on all kinds of control. Relational trust has negative impacts on outcome control and behavior control and positive impacts on social control. Of the three kinds of control, outcome and behavior control have negative impacts on social control. All constructs have positive impacts on project success. Project managers should be aware that distrust has a positive influence on project success through the mediation effects of control. Similarly, social control is the most influential type of control, influencing the controller to internalize norms to complete project tasks. View Full-Text
Keywords: trust; distrust; control; project success; structural equation modeling (SEM) trust; distrust; control; project success; structural equation modeling (SEM)

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Jiang, W.; Zhao, X.; Zuo, J. (Dis)Trust, Control, and Project Success: From a Chinese Project Owner’s Perspective. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1936.

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