Essays on Delay Management in a Construction Industry Research Proposal

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The paper "Delay Management in a Construction Industry" is a good example of a management research proposal.   Delays are a major problem facing the construction industry. The main aim of this proposal is to identify the causes of delays and determine the best strategies to counter delays in the construction industry. Timely completion of the project ensures that there are no-cost overruns and the project objectives are met. The literature review identifies the causes of delays to be poor planning, lack of information, changes, inadequate funding and site disputes among others. The proposed research is exploratory in nature and involves the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods.

The data will be collected from the industry stakeholders who include the contractors, clients, industry regulators and another player in the construction sector. The methodology proposed for the research employs desk research, interviews and questionnaires. Through in-depth research, the proposal will prove that it is possible to come up with appropriate strategies that can help in addressing delays in construction industry hence save costs, time and eliminate other negative impacts of delays. Research problem The predicament of delay in the construction industry is a worldwide occurrence hence there is no exemption.

Projects are carried out with the aim of obtaining a timely delivery but delays make it hard to attain it (Alwi and Hampson, 2003). Projects delays lead to high losses and risks. For a project to be considered as successful, it has to be completed based on the set deadline. Timely delivery of projects helps in ensuring that the high costs of delays are avoided (Assaf and Al-Hejji, 2006). Project delay can be caused by a range of factors from poor management practices and unforeseen calamities such as bad weather.

The fact that construction is made up of different activities which are interlinked makes it had to manage. Although it is hard to cater for all causes of delays, it is possible to manage some of the causes through appropriate management strategies (Odeh and Battaineh, 2002). This study is aimed at showing means in which delays in the construction industry can be managed. Background and justification High loss due to construction projects delays Delays in construction projects are a major source of loss.

Every late-day implies that there are thousands of dollars lost. Estimates show that 10% overrun in a sizeable project can lead to a $5M loss. Also, the ability to finish the project in time acts as a benchmark in determining the project performance and contractor effectiveness. In cases of project delays, the loss is high and the stakeholders suffer especially in a government project. In the case of a government project, the costs of delays are transferred to the citizens in the form of taxes (Odeh and Battaineh, 2002).

Examples include the US 281 project in San Antonio project which has a cost overshoot of over 1.5 million dollars due to delays (Edmondson, 2016). Delays are costly to the taxpayers and the governments as seen in the San Antonio project case. Delays are common in the countries which use traditional contracts leading to loss of millions (Chidambaram, Narayanan and Idrus, 2012). A project which faces a delay has high chances of failure. It is essential to know the essential causes of delays that normally occur in a project.

The identification of causes of delays helps in determining new ways to reduce delays. When a project is paused due to delays, there are high chances of labour and material costs rising (Alwi and Hampson, 2003). All these negative aspects of project delays call for research to look into new ways of dealing with them. The paper aims at identifying strategies that minimise project delays and reduce costs incurred in the construction industry.


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