Many construction projects today are developed across national borders. The complexity of developments, the critical use of green technologies and the challenges of infrastructure planning now have global import. Globalization means the construction industry is expanding both domestically and internationally.
International development presents real opportunities. The Engineering News Record reported that only 2 US companies were in the top 225 international construction businesses in 1994. Two years later, there were 48. That growth continues. Now, international companies seek construction managers from the United States to work for them as well, offering even greater job opportunities.
Most international companies want to see years of competence at a domestic construction firm first. Even there, the atmosphere is increasingly varied as the industry is more diverse than ever before. Developing management and leadership skills provides a knowledge base in cultural and personal styles that can minimize conflict and reinforce a strong group work environment. Many complex domestic projects will include decision makers from different parts of the world. Negotiating strategies and schedules across cultures and timelines is a management skill that construction managers now need. International construction exists at home.
Construction managers must learn about green construction, infrastructure planning, team communication and many other management skills to be prepared for the possibility of international work. Globalization continues and with it comes great opportunities in construction for those with the right leadership skills.
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International development presents real opportunities for those possessing the right skills. Even the domestic side of construction reveals an industry that is more diverse than ever before. Many complex domestic projects will include international decision makers. Negotiating strategies and schedules across cultures and timelines is a management skill that construction managers now need.