Factors affecting the performance of construction projects in the Gaza Strip

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Title Factors affecting the performance of construction projects in the Gaza Strip
Author Enshassi, Adnan; Mohamed, Sherif Ali Mohtady; Abushaban, Saleh
Journal Name Journal of Civil Engineering and Management
Editor Prof. Edmundas K. Zavadskas
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Lithuania
Publisher Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas, Leidykla Technika
Abstract Construction projects located in the Gaza Strip, Palestine suffer from many problems and complex issues. Consequently, the objective of this paper is to identify the factors affecting the performance of local construction projects; and to elicit perceptions of their relative importance. A comprehensive literature review was deployed to generate a set of factors believed to affect project performance. A total of 120 questionnaires were distributed to 3 key groups of project participants; namely owners, consultants and contractors. The survey findings indicate that all 3 groups agree that the most important factors affecting project performance are: delays because of borders/roads closure leading to materials shortage; unavailability of resources; low level of project leadership skills; escalation of material prices; unavailability of highly experienced and qualified personnel; and poor quality of available equipment and raw materials. Based on these findings, the paper recommends that: 1) project owners must work collaboratively with contractors and facilitate regular payments in order to overcome delays, disputes and claims; 2) project participants should actively have their input in the process of decision-making; and 3) continuous coordination and relationship between project participants are required through the project life cycle in order to solve problems and develop project performance.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.3846/1392-3730.2009.15.269-280
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 15
Issue Number 3
Page from 269
Page to 280
ISSN 1392–3730
Date Accessioned 2009-11-27
Date Available 2010-05-31T06:55:13Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29561
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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