ERIC Number: ED114632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Fostering Minority Enterprise in Construction. Final Report.
Glover, Robert W.
An empirical study of minority business enterprise in construction, the paper is based on interviews with 340 general and specialty contractors (out of 1,275 identified minority contractors) in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco-Oakland, as well as 300 other individuals including civil rights officials, and other knowledgeable individuals. The study includes consideration of the characteristics of existing contractors and their firms, the aspirations of the contractors, an analysis of the problems they face in upgrading their businesses, and an examination of alternative approaches to improving and expanding minority business enterprise in construction. Among the strategies reviewed are demand stimulation through identifying minority firms in published lists and redirecting public and private procurement toward minority firms and supply development through bonding and financial assistance, technical and managerial assistance, and labor training. Also discussed are the potential and pitfalls of the minority contractor association and joint ventures between minority and nonminority contractors. The general conclusion is reached that some minority contractors have significant potential for advancement which could be realized with the proper assistance. Specific conclusions and recommendations concerning the efforts to offer this assistance are stated. The concluding section lists interview subjects and bibliographic sources. (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Black Businesses, Building Trades, Business Administration, Business Skills, Construction Industry, Construction Management, Employers, Ethnic Groups, Financial Support, Improvement, Industrial Training, Interviews, Minority Groups, Statistical Analysis, Technical Assistance
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (No price given)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for the Study of Human Resources.
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