Investigate the reasons why projects are virtually always completed late, not withstanding that advanced time planning techniques are freely available and applied

Konile, Mandlenkosi Moses (2002-03)

Thesis (MBA)--Stellenbosch University, 2002.


This thesis probes the range of factors affecting construction project delays through a literature review and survey of practical experience case studies. The focus is on engineering projects that were not completed in time. A total of eight articles have been studied and seven case studies surveyed. From the findings of this study it is noted that projects that do not complete in time could be categorised into three types namely Employer responsible (E), Contractor responsible (C) and Neither party responsible (N). The causes of delay identified from the literature study are superimposed on the causes identified from the case studies. Furthermore the causes of delay are classified in terms of importance, severity and frequency. It was established that causes resulting from design changes, ranked high in this classification whereas causes resulting from unprediotable weather conditions ranked low. Based on the literature review and the case studies, conclusions are drawn and finally recommendations are made.

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