What can be Learned From Studies on Delay in Construction?

Abdullah AlSehaimi, Lauri Koskela

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Abstract

Over many years, delay has emerged one of the most significant problems in the construction industry, so much so that the causes have been investigated in numerous studies in different developing countries. Poor project management has been cited by a number of investigators as the main reason. However, despite such consensus, there are usually no clear recommendations demonstrating how project management practice could be improved. Moreover, the majority of recommendations made in the existing studies are general in nature and do not lead to a focus on a specific area. None of them are devoted to solving the difficulties associated with particular causes. It is further argued that delays do not arise purely because of tangible causes, as usually assumed in delay studies, but rather the underlying theory of project management may play a role in this regard. Finally, the paper argues that the utility of further traditional studies on delay is limited.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IGLC16
Subtitle of host publication16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
EditorsPatricia Tzortzopoulos, Michail Kagioglou
PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction ( IGLC )
Pages95-106
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781905732456
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jul 200818 Jul 2008
Conference number: 16
http://iglc.net/Papers/Conference/18 (Link to Conference Website )
https://www.worldcat.org/title/proceedings-of-iglc16-16th-annual-conference-of-the-international-group-for-lean-construction/oclc/334011830

Conference

Conference16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC16
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period16/07/0818/07/08
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AlSehaimi, A., & Koskela, L. (2008). What can be Learned From Studies on Delay in Construction? In P. Tzortzopoulos, & M. Kagioglou (Eds.), Proceedings of IGLC16: 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (pp. 95-106). International Group for Lean Construction ( IGLC ).
AlSehaimi, Abdullah ; Koskela, Lauri. / What can be Learned From Studies on Delay in Construction?. Proceedings of IGLC16: 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. editor / Patricia Tzortzopoulos ; Michail Kagioglou. International Group for Lean Construction ( IGLC ), 2008. pp. 95-106
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AlSehaimi, A & Koskela, L 2008, What can be Learned From Studies on Delay in Construction? in P Tzortzopoulos & M Kagioglou (eds), Proceedings of IGLC16: 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. International Group for Lean Construction ( IGLC ), pp. 95-106, 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Manchester, United Kingdom, 16/07/08.

What can be Learned From Studies on Delay in Construction? / AlSehaimi, Abdullah; Koskela, Lauri.

Proceedings of IGLC16: 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. ed. / Patricia Tzortzopoulos; Michail Kagioglou. International Group for Lean Construction ( IGLC ), 2008. p. 95-106.

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AlSehaimi A, Koskela L. What can be Learned From Studies on Delay in Construction? In Tzortzopoulos P, Kagioglou M, editors, Proceedings of IGLC16: 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. International Group for Lean Construction ( IGLC ). 2008. p. 95-106