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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 3534209, 9 pages
Research Article

Effect of Organizational Cultural Differences and Mutual Trust on Contract Management of Nonequity Construction Project Alliances

1School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China
2School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
3Chongqing Public Resources Trading Center, Chongqing 40014, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yanling Zhao

Received 7 December 2017; Accepted 23 January 2018; Published 4 March 2018

Academic Editor: Michael Yam

Copyright © 2018 Yanling Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study aims to examine the impact of organizational cultural difference and mutual trust on the contract management of nonequity project alliances in the construction industry. A questionnaire survey was conducted to collect the quantitative data for this study. The relationships between the variables were analyzed using hierarchical regression analysis. It was found that the contractual complexity of nonequity project alliances was impacted by the differences in management style, differences in organizational responsiveness, mutual goodwill trust, and mutual competence trust. It was also found that the relationship between differences in organizational responsiveness and contractual complexity was moderated by mutual goodwill trust. The research may provide theoretical basis for the management when making decisions on the selection of project alliance partners and contracts. The findings imply that when the firms seek to form project alliances, they need to recognize the level of organizational cultural differences and then determine the proper contractual complexity of the project alliance. In addition, the establishment of mutual goodwill trust between alliance partners will not only reduce the costs of making contracts but also the costs of implementing the contracts.