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Article: Delays and Cost Overruns in the construction projects in the Gaza Strip

TitleDelays and Cost Overruns in the construction projects in the Gaza Strip
Authors
KeywordsConstruction operations
Contract costs
Delivery lead time
Palestine
Issue Date2009
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/jfmpc/jfmpc.jsp
Citation
Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 2009, v. 14 n. 2, p. 126-151 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose – Delays and cost overruns are evidently frequent problems in the construction industries of many developed and developing countries. The purpose of this paper is to assess factors leading to time overruns (delays) and cost overruns in construction projects in the Gaza Strip. Since there appear to be additional special contributors to delays here, the relative perceptions of contractors, consultants and owners are compared, based on a listing of causal factors derived from previous studies elsewhere, together with other factors arising from special conditions in the Gaza Strip. Design/methodology/approach – A survey of a randomly selected samples yielded responses from 66 contractors, 27 consultants, and 31 owners. The survey included 110 delay factors/causes which were grouped into 12 major groups. The same survey also included 42 cost overrun factors. The level of importance of the delays and cost overrun factors were measured and ranked by their importance indexes, according to the perspectives of contractors, consultants, and owners. Findings – There seems to be a general agreement between contractors, consultants and owners regarding causes of delays and cost overruns. The main four causes of time delays included strikes and border closures, material-related factors, lack of materials in markets, and delays in materials delivery to the site. Additionally, the main three causes for cost overruns included price fluctuations of construction materials, contractor delays in material and equipment delivery, and inflation. Originality/value – The outcome of this paper will assist owners, contractors, and consultants in understanding the reasons for delays and cost overruns, thus eliminating or minimizing these causes. This could be achieved by better management of the projects and by finding new methods for storing the critical materials from the beginning of the project. Furthermore, the local government is advised to initiate legislation to overcome problems arising from monopolies in the supply of construction materials.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/71340
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dc.contributor.authorEnshassi, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorAl-Najjar, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorKumaraswamy, MMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T06:31:06Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T06:31:06Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 2009, v. 14 n. 2, p. 126-151en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1366-4387en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/71340-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – Delays and cost overruns are evidently frequent problems in the construction industries of many developed and developing countries. The purpose of this paper is to assess factors leading to time overruns (delays) and cost overruns in construction projects in the Gaza Strip. Since there appear to be additional special contributors to delays here, the relative perceptions of contractors, consultants and owners are compared, based on a listing of causal factors derived from previous studies elsewhere, together with other factors arising from special conditions in the Gaza Strip. Design/methodology/approach – A survey of a randomly selected samples yielded responses from 66 contractors, 27 consultants, and 31 owners. The survey included 110 delay factors/causes which were grouped into 12 major groups. The same survey also included 42 cost overrun factors. The level of importance of the delays and cost overrun factors were measured and ranked by their importance indexes, according to the perspectives of contractors, consultants, and owners. Findings – There seems to be a general agreement between contractors, consultants and owners regarding causes of delays and cost overruns. The main four causes of time delays included strikes and border closures, material-related factors, lack of materials in markets, and delays in materials delivery to the site. Additionally, the main three causes for cost overruns included price fluctuations of construction materials, contractor delays in material and equipment delivery, and inflation. Originality/value – The outcome of this paper will assist owners, contractors, and consultants in understanding the reasons for delays and cost overruns, thus eliminating or minimizing these causes. This could be achieved by better management of the projects and by finding new methods for storing the critical materials from the beginning of the project. Furthermore, the local government is advised to initiate legislation to overcome problems arising from monopolies in the supply of construction materials.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/jfmpc/jfmpc.jspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Financial Management of Property and Constructionen_HK
dc.subjectConstruction operations-
dc.subjectContract costs-
dc.subjectDelivery lead time-
dc.subjectPalestine-
dc.titleDelays and Cost Overruns in the construction projects in the Gaza Stripen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1366-4387&volume=14&issue=2&spage=126&epage=151&date=2009&atitle=Delays+and+Cost+Overruns+in+the+construction+projects+in+the+Gaza+Stripen_HK
dc.identifier.emailEnshassi, A: enshassi@iugaa.edu.psen_HK
dc.identifier.emailKumaraswamy, MM: mohan@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityKumaraswamy, MM=rp00126en_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/13664380910977592-
dc.identifier.hkuros164570en_HK
dc.identifier.volume14-
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dc.identifier.spage126-
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