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Mohammad Hossein Heydari, Virginia Tech – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Construction [Video]

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Mohammad Hossein Heydari, Virginia Tech – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Construction

Mohammad Hossein Heydari – Virginia Tech
This is his presentation as a finalist in the CIB Keith Hampson ECR-Industry award 2023

Unraveling the Dynamics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Construction

Abstract:
The construction industry continues to struggle with achieving adequate levels of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as evidenced by the underrepresentation of certain demographic groups. Underrepresented minority groups in construction such as women, ethnic minorities, disabled individuals, and formerly incarcerated individuals encounter numerous barriers that hinder their recruitment and retention. This study utilizes system dynamics (SD) methodology to develop a comprehensive set of solutions and overview for improving DEI in construction. A comprehensive set of variables influencing DEI in construction is extracted from an extensive literature review of academic and industry publications, further complemented by industry feedback from construction firms to validate the findings and capture additional qualitative insights into barriers and provided solutions. The interdependencies between these variables are analyzed through qualitative system dynamics modeling. The visualization of feedback mechanisms enables a holistic assessment of potential interventions aimed at enhancing DEI. Ultimately, this research puts forth an evidence-based action plan for construction firms and project managers seeking to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment. The collaboration between industry and academia is imperative to address the ethical and practical necessities of improving DEI levels. This study offers an analytical framework and solutions tailored to the unique needs of the construction sector in tackling this pressing issue.

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