Volume 5, Issue 4, August 2016, Page: 113-122
Construction Projects Delay and Their Antidotes: The Case of Ethiopian Construction Sector
Zinabu Tebeje Zewdu, Faculty of Business and Economics, Unity University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Received: Dec. 21, 2015;       Accepted: Jan. 26, 2016;       Published: Aug. 6, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijber.20160504.16      View  4330      Downloads  196
Abstract
The Ethiopian construction sector has shown a remarkable growth and is given high prominence. However, several defects are being noted in the sector that need immediate action. The current study was conducted to access the level of techniques and software packages used for project time control; to identify factors affecting delay in construction projects and to recommend possible mitigation measures. The study adopts quantitative and qualitative methods with the help of primary and secondary data. Primary data was collected using self-administered questionnaires on 140 respondents and key informant interviews with ten experienced practitioners in the construction sector. Secondary data was collected through reviewing of related materials. Analysis of the quantitative data was made using SPSS version 20. The study revealed low level application of techniques and software packages for project planning and time control. It also identified top five delay factors. The study suggested that current project planning and time control can be improved by adopting the right tools, assigning the appropriate staff. The study implied that delay factors can be managed by proactive planning on alternative resources, appropriate allocation of resources, application of timely knowledge based decisions, and adoption and application of suitable methodologies and resources at the right place and time coupled with provision of continuous trainings for the staff.
Keywords
Delay, Project Management, Project Control, Project Success, Schedule
To cite this article
Zinabu Tebeje Zewdu, Construction Projects Delay and Their Antidotes: The Case of Ethiopian Construction Sector, International Journal of Business and Economics Research. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2016, pp. 113-122. doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.20160504.16
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Authors retain the copyright of this article.
This article is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Reference
[1]
Abadir, H. and Yimam. (2011) Project Management Maturity in the Construction Industry of Developing Countries (The Case of Ethiopian Contractors). M. Sc. Thesis, University of Maryland, USA.
[2]
Abd E. R., Bassioni, H. and Mobarak, A. (2008) Causes of delay in building construction projects in Egypt. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 134 (11) pp. 831-841.
[3]
Abraham Assefa (2008). Time - Cost Relationships for Public Road Construction Projects in Ethiopia. Master’s Thesis, Addis Ababa University.
[4]
Ali A. S. and Kamaruzzaman S. N. (2010). Cost performance for building construction projects in klang valley. Journal of Building Performance 1: 1 P110-118.
[5]
Azhar, N., Farooqui, R., and Ahmed, S. (2008). Cost Overrun Factors In Construction Industry of Pakistan. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Construction in Developing Countries, Karachi, Pakistan.
[6]
Bertin B. Akoa (2011). Cost Overrun and Time Delays in Highway and Bridge Projects in Developing Countries-Experience from Cameroon. M. Sc. Thesis, Michigan State University, USA.
[7]
Bryman, Allan (2006). Integrating quantitative and qualitative research, How is it done? Qualitative research, Vol. 6 (1) 97-113. SAGE Publications, London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi.
[8]
Carey J., (1983). Implementing a standardized planning and control system in the DP environment. Journal of Project Management 1: 4 P 225-229.
[9]
Chabota Kaliba, MundiaMuya and Kanyuka Mumba (2008). Cost escalation and schedule delays in road construction projects in Zambia. International Journal of Project Management.
[10]
David K. Anderson and Tony Merna (2003). Project Management Strategy project management represented as a process based set of management domains and the consequences for project management strategy. International Journal of Project Management 21 P 387–393. www.elsevier.com/locate/ijproman.
[11]
Eric T. G. Wang, Hsiao-Lan Wei, James J. Jiang and Gary Klein, (2006). User diversity impact on project performance in an environment with organizational technology learning and management review processes. International Journal of Project Management 24: P 405–411.
[12]
Ethiopian Construction Industry Development Policy (ECIDP) (2014). Approved by Ministry mikir bet, published by December 2014.
[13]
Harold Kerzner (2009). Project Management: a system approach to planning, scheduling and controlling, tenth edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
[14]
Ibrahim Mahamid and Nabil Dmaidi (2013). Risks Leading to Cost Overrun in Building Construction from Consultants’ Perspective. Organization, technology and management in construction • an International journal 5: 2 P 860-873.
[15]
Janice Thomas and Thomas Mengel (2008). Preparing project managers to deal with complexity – Advanced project management education. International Journal of Project Management 26 P 304–315.
[16]
Karlos Artto, Jaakko Kujala, Perttu Dietrich and MiiaMartinsuo (2008). What is project strategy? International Journal of Project Management 26: 4–12. Available online at www.sciencedirect.com
[17]
Kasimu A. M. and Abubakar D. I. (2012). Causes of delay in Nigeria construction industry. Interdisciplinary journal of contemporary research in business 4: 2 P 785-794.
[18]
Larry Rich man (2002). Project Management: Step by Step. AMACOM, a division of American Management Association, NY, USA.
[19]
Lars Taxen and Joakim Lillieskold (2008). Images as action instruments in complex projects. International Journal of Project Management 26 P 527–536.
[20]
Li-Yin Shen, Andrew Plattenand X. P. Deng (2006). Role of public private partnerships to manage risks in public sector projects in Hong Kong. International Journal of Project Management 24 P 587–594.
[21]
Luka Goji Tipili and Muhammad Sa’adiyaIlyasu (2014). Evaluating the impact of risk factors on construction projects cost in Nigeria. The International Journal Of Engineering And Science (IJES) 3: 6 P 2319–1805.
[22]
Mahamid, I and Amund, B (2012) ‘Cost deviation in road construction projects: the case of Palestine’. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 12: 1 P 58-71.
[23]
Mengistu Berhanu, 2010. Project Management Practices. The case of EECMY-DASSC focusing on planning, scheduling and controlling phase. M. B. A. Thesis, Unity university, Ethiopia.
[24]
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (2013). Brief Note on the 2005 (EFY)* GDP Estimates series, http://www.mofed.gov.et/English/Resources/Documents/THEpercent202005percent20EFYpercent20GDPpercent20andpercent20OTHERpercent20RELATEDpercent20MACROECONOMICpercent20INDICATORS.PDF.
[25]
Minstry of Works and Urban Development (MoWUD), (1994). Standard conditions of Contract for construction of civil work projects.
[26]
Nega, F. (2008). Causes and effects of cost overrun on public building construction projects in Ethiopia. Master thesis, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
[27]
Olawale, Y., and Sun M. (2010). “Cost and time control of construction projects: Inhibiting factors and mitigating measures in practice.” Construction Management and Economics, 28: 5 P 509–526.
[28]
Ping Chen a, David Partington, Jia Ning Wang (2008). Conceptual determinants of construction project management competence: A Chinese perspective. International Journal of Project Management 26 P 655–664.
[29]
PMI (1996). Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.
[30]
Sekaran, U. (2001). Research methods for business: A skills building approach (2nd Ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
[31]
UNDP (2014). Ethiopia: quarterly economic brief. Accessed on http://www.et.undp.org/content/dam/ethiopia/docs/Economic%20Brief-%20Third%20Quarter-2014.pdf.
[32]
UNDP, (2014). Country Economic Brief: Ethiopia. Accessed on http://www.et.undp.org/content/dam/ethiopia/docs/Country%20Economic%20Brief%201%20final%20for%20web.pdf.
[33]
Warszawski, A. (1996). “Strategic planning in construction companies.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 122: 2 P 133–140.
[34]
Weinberg, S. and Abromowitz, S. (2008) Statistics Using SPSS: An Integrative Approach. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
[35]
Yamane, T. (1967) Statistics: An Introductory Analysis, Harper and Row.
Browse journals by subject