Construction project control in the UK: current practice, existing problems and recommendations for future improvement

Yakubu Olawale*, Ming Sun

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to address the main deficiencies with the prevailing project cost and time control practices for construction projects in the UK. A questionnaire survey was carried out with 250 top companies followed by in-depth interviews with 15 experienced practitioners from these companies in order to gain further insights of the identified problems, and their experience of good practice on how these problems can be tackled. On the basis of these interviews and syntheses with literature, a list of 65 good practice recommendations have been developed for the key project control tasks: planning, monitoring, reporting and analysing. The Delphi method was then used, with the participation of a panel of 8 practitioner experts, to evaluate these improvement recommendations and to establish their degree of relevance. After two rounds of Delphi, these recommendations are put forward as "critical", "important", or "helpful" measures for improving project control practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-637
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date6 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International journal of project management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Olawale, Y & Sun, M, 'Construction project control in the UK: current practice, existing problems and recommendations for future improvement' International journal of project management, vol. 33, no. 3 (2015) DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.10.003

Keywords

  • cost control
  • good practice
  • project control
  • project management practice
  • project overrun
  • project success

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