PCIM: a project control and inhibiting‐factors management model

Yakubu Olawale*, Ming Sun

*Corresponding author for this work

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In construction projects, the aim of project control is to ensure projects finish on time, within budget, and achieve other project objectives. During the last few decades, numerous project control methods have been developed and adopted by project managers in practice. However, many existing methods focus on describing what the processes and tasks of project control are; not on how these tasks should be conducted. There is also a potential gap between principles that underly these methods and project control practice. As a result, time and cost overruns are still common in construction projects, partly attributable to deficiencies of existing project control methods and difficulties in implementing them. This paper describes a new project cost and time control model, the project control and inhibiting factors management (PCIM) model, developed through a study involving extensive interaction with construction practitioners in the UK, which better reflects the real needs of project managers. A set of good practice checklist is also developed to facilitate implementation of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-70
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number1
Early online date21 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • cost control
  • management model
  • project control
  • project management
  • schedule control


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