Organizational leadership and employee well-being in the construction industry: a bibliometric and scientometric review

Jiaqi Shi, Maxwell Fordjour Antwi-Afari*

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Purpose: The construction industry (CI) has been identified as one of the most challenging sectors for stakeholders to achieve organizational success. Although previous studies had examined both organizational leadership (OL) and employee well-being (EWB) in the CI, a bibliometric and systematic analysis of published articles is hitherto lacking. Therefore, this paper aims to conduct a bibliometric and scientometric review of published articles related to OL and EWB in the CI between 2008 and 2022. Design/methodology/approach: A three-step method consisting of a bibliometric analysis, a scientometric analysis and an in-depth discussion were used. A total of 1,114 articles met the inclusion criteria. All articles were retrieved from the Scopus database. Findings: The results present an in-depth discussion of the research publication trends, keywords co-occurrence analysis, document analysis and countries/regions analysis. This review paper identified three main research gaps in OL and EWB in the CI, namely, project management, technology innovation and people orientation. It also proposes “OL-EWB in the CI”' mechanisms and a theoretical framework to guide future research directions. Originality/value: This review paper theoretically fills the gap in the lack of research summarizing OL and EWB in the CI and provides research gaps and trends for achieving a win-win situation for both companies and employees.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Early online date13 Sept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Sept 2023

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  • Bibliometric
  • Construction industry
  • Employee well-being
  • Organizational leadership
  • Scientometric


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