The Impact of Outbound Collaboration Behavior on Service Performance in Tanzania's Construction Projects: The Mediating Role of Knowledge Infusion

Author's Name:

Didas Lello

Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing, China. Department of Building Economics, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Yongchun Huang

Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing, China

Samwel Alananga

Department of Business Studies, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Fidelis Emuze

Department of Built Environment, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa

Knowledge infusion (KI) within consultant-supplier interfaces has a significant impact on the service delivery performance (SP) of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry construction service firms (CSFs). However, despite significant consultant-supplier interactions in Tanzania, knowledge-induced SP among AEC professionals is limited, which may harm SP. The inadequacy of these CSFs to stimulate performance may be attributable to inadequate KI. Utilizing a convenience sampling technique, a survey dataset of 171 consulting CSFs in Tanzania was generated. Consequently, Structural Equation Modelling was used to hypothesize and empirically investigate the mediating role of KI in the relationship between outbound collaboration behavior (OCB) and service performance (SP) within construction service supply chains (CSSCs). The results indicate that when mediated by KI, the indirect effect between OCB and SP becomes significant and positive, whereas its direct effect is insignificant. This demonstrates that OCB has a marginal effect on SP. Theoretically, KI primarily affects the interrelationships between the relevant variables, thereby providing novel insights into practical (managerial) implications. Thus, CSFs can strengthen their KI competencies, such as adherence to material specifications, internal transforming capacity, product data, system application, and quality control, to achieve (sustained) competitive advantage among CSSCs.

Keywords: Outbound Collaboration Behaviour, Knowledge Infusion, Service Performance, Construction Service Supply Chain Networks, Consultant-Supplier Interfaces, Mediation Effects.