Organizational Resilience and Agility: The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Construction Industry

Şanlı A., TAŞ E. F.

The 7th International Project and Construction Management Conference, IPCMC 2022, İstanbul, Turkey, 20 - 22 October 2022, vol.1, no.18, pp.1019-1031

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1019-1031
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


With the World Health Organization (WHO) announcing the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic, many organizations faced uncertainty. This pandemic process has had both positive and negative effects on organizations. Many organizations, with the desire to adapt to change and survive, have determined and implemented new strategies by making use of technological resources. Construction organizations, which take slower steps in adopting and applying technology compared to other organizations, have also become open to change with the pandemic. The positive and negative developments experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic process have revealed that organizations should be prepared for all kinds of changes. Therefore, in the post-pandemic “new normal” period, it is important for construction organizations to adapt quickly to change and develop survival strategies. Resilience and agility are key factors in adapting to and coping with change and fostering future success. Resilience is the ability to bounce back and adapt in the face of difficulties. Agility is the ability to adapt to change and react quickly. Therefore, this research which is an evaluation of the literature examines the effects of the pandemic on construction organizations and encourages organizations to adopt advanced technologies and build resilience and agility against future unexpected events.

Keywords: construction organizations, COVID-19 pandemic, organizational agility, organizational resilience, technology.