College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Phil Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), in the Construction Management (CM) curriculum, there is a lack of teamwork-based content. This content includes negotiation, conflict resolution, and fundamental skills for working collaboratively with others such as social-emotional intelligence, empathy, and communication. The nature of the Cal Poly CM Program is to teach students about the aspects of the construction process, however what is missed is teaching how to work effectively in teams. They fail to teach this because of the strict curriculum of focusing on learning objectives rather than teaching individuals how to be effective construction managers. The purpose of this paper is to determine if teamwork-based content should be taught in the CM curriculum. The research was conducted by utilizing a five question survey sent out to all current CM students. This survey will gauge the need for teamwork-based content based on the students’ opinions. Of the 52 who responded, more than 75% of them are in agreement that teamwork-based content needs to be taught within the CM curriculum. The Cal Poly CM department needs to seriously consider this type of content in their program.

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