This paper emerged from a broader study of the influence of national culture on time and money claims on international construction projects.

The influence that national culture can have on the outcome of time and money claims on international construction projects is an important and yet under researched subject area. The rationale for such research is that an in depth understanding of the impact of national culture can facilitate the preparation, evaluation and negotiation of time and money claims and could ultimately lead to disputes being avoided. An ideal location in which to obtain an in depth understanding of this subject is the Emirate of Dubai.

Following a series of semi structured interviews with stakeholders from different national cultures conducted on the ground in the Emirate, a set of rich data was captured. During the data analysis phase of the research it was evident that participants consistently reverted to vivid narratives to explain the multi-faceted influence of national culture on time and money claims. This paper sets out certain findings from the research and considers how a narrative research approach might assist in the analysis of this rich data.



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