Press Articles

The Chinese are coming… and they’re here to stay

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by Staffan Engstrom

The news that the China Harbour Engineering Company has won preferred bidder status for the £300m marine work contract on […]

Why contractors are still getting it wrong

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by Staffan Engstrom

I have been reflecting recently on the adverse experiences of construction businesses that seemed to be going along nicely thank […]

Leadership Stereotypes

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Staffan Engstrom

A favourite pastime of most workers is to complain about the inadequacies of their boss. This is because the art […]

When to change strategy and how to avoid having to (at short notice)

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Staffan Engstrom

It was a surprise to many when Balfour Beatty, one of the UK’s great infrastructure companies, announced on 6 May […]

Why main contractors also struggle with cash flow

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Staffan Engstrom

With the launch of the new Supply Chain Payment Charter, the construction media is harking back to a familiar theme: […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of project collaboration

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by Staffan Engstrom

Staffan Engstrom takes a sideways look at the best ways to kill project collaboration. There has been a lot of […]

Warning: over-confidence in recovery can lead to disaster – Construction Manager (CIOB’s Magazine)

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by Staffan Engstrom

Two years ago the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia sank in calm waters while sailing past the island of Giglio […]

The black and white and grey of strategy – Journal of Strategy and Management

Posted on: January 1st, 2013 by Staffan Engstrom

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand the process of strategy execution when strategy is changing. Design/methodology/approach […]

A strategy for sustainability – Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers

Posted on: January 1st, 2013 by Staffan Engstrom

This paper describes how an awareness of environmental issues, followed by a broader understanding of sustainability, has led to benefits […]