Making Sense of the Future: The Information Search Strategies of Construction Practitioners in Exploring the Risk Landscape

Verena Stingl, Eunice Maytorena-Sanchez, Graham Miles Winch

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This paper explores the cognitive strategies that construction practitioners rely on when searching to identify risks in a simulated project. By using the active information search methodology in interviews with 45 industry practitioners, we were able to distinguish three stereotypical information search strategies that provide indication for the underlying cognitive strategies. The paper furthermore discusses the impact of the followed cognitive strategy on risk identification performance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventEGOS: Surprise in and Around Organizations: Journeys to the Unexpected - Estonian Business School/Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 5 Jul 20187 Jul 2018
Conference number: 34


LocationEstonian Business School/Tallinn University
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  • Risk identification
  • Active information search
  • Cognitive strategies
  • Construction projects

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