Toward a model for forming psychological safety climate in construction project management

Yuzhong Shen*, Martin M. Tuuli, Bo Xia, Tas Yong Koh, Steve Rowlinson

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The nature of construction projects and their delivery exposes participants to accidents and dangers. Safety climate serves as a frame of reference for employees to make sense of safety measures in the workplace and adapt their behaviors. Though safety climate research abounds, fewer efforts are made to investigate the formation of a safety climate. An effort to explore forming psychological safety climate, an operationalization of safety climate at the individual level, is an appropriate starting point. Taking the view that projects are social processes, this paper develops a conceptual framework of forming the psychological safety climate, and provides a preliminary validation. The model suggests that management can create the desired psychological safety climate by efforts from structural, perceptual, interactive, and cultural perspectives. Future empirical research can be built on the model to provide a more comprehensive and coherent picture of the determinants of safety climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-235
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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