A review of enabling factors in construction industry productivity in an Australian environment

Hughes, Rami and Thorpe, David (2014) A review of enabling factors in construction industry productivity in an Australian environment. Construction Innovation, 14 (2). pp. 210-228. ISSN 1471-4175


Purpose - The purpose of the research discussed in this paper is to ascertain the perception, from the project manager's viewpoint, of factors affecting construction productivity in the State of Queensland, Australia. Design/methodology/approach - The research was conducted by a structured questionnaire that was sent to 89 randomly selected construction project managers in Queensland, Australia. This questionnaire requested background information about the respondents and then sought a score, using a 0-4 Likert scale, from each of them with respect to the importance of 47 factors identified from the literature that were considered likely to affect construction productivity. The factors were stratified into primary factors and secondary factors contributing to three of the primary factors. There were 36 responses. These factors were rated by the respondents and then ranked using a relative importance index approach.
Findings - The research evaluated the relative importance of the primary factors with respect to their effect on construction productivity. The 15 highest ranking factors are discussed. Three factors - rework, poor supervisor competency, and incomplete drawings - were ranked as having a strong effect on construction productivity. There was also an analysis of the secondary factors in relation to three of the primary factors.
Research limitations/implications - The research focused on the State of Queensland in Australia. It had a response rate of 40 per cent. It provides insight into the factors affecting productivity on construction projects in Australia. Further research to investigate the identified factors in depth, using targeted interviews of expert project management professionals, is currently being undertaken. Practical implications - The construction industry can use the findings in this paper as a basis for improving the productivity of construction projects. Originality/value - This research is original research, which has highlighted a number of key areas of which construction productivity can be improved.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 06:00
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 01:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction management; construction production; productivity; project management
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120202 Building Science and Techniques
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910404 Productivity (excl. Public Sector)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/CI-03-2013-0016
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27223

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