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Journal Cover Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building
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   ISSN (Print) 1445-2634 - ISSN (Online) 1837-9133
   Published by U of Technology Sydney Homepage  [7 journals]
  • The Influence of Trust on Project Management Practice within the
           Construction Industry

    • Authors: Scott Strahorn, Graham Brewer, Thayaparan Gajendran
      Pages: 1 - 19
      Abstract: Given that any construction project is inherently a human endeavour, it follows that issues of trust are significant in terms of the stakeholder interactions that deliver eventual project outcomes.  Previous research indicates that the relational basis upon which projects are undertaken are intended to influence the likelihood of trusting relationships between stakeholders.  Thus, experiences of trust in a construction project environment are likely to be influenced by the contextual specifics of respective transactional and relational contracting (RC) procurement mechanisms, given the divergent theoretical principles upon which they are founded.  The influence of trust has therefore been examined through the lived experiences of construction practitioners.  A phenomenological interview study consisting of thirty-five (35) participants was conducted with sensitivity to the procurement of experiences being recounted. Issues of trust were shown to be integral to stakeholder experiences in both procurement environments, with the benefits of trust acknowledged in many instances.  However, little understanding was evident regarding methods for building and maintaining trust, nor for repairing trust when problems arose. Importantly, despite the differing principles that underpin transactional and relational procurement, and particularly the contention that relational procurement would increase trust between trading partners, this was not evident; with individual personalities and appropriate risk apportionment shown to be greater influences upon the likelihood of trusting relationships.  It is reasonable to conjecture that relational contracts actually diminish the need for trust, given that the objective is to reduce uncertainty through formulaic approaches to risk distribution and reward; the absence of risk negates the need for trust.  Ultimately, the potential to deliver improved project outcomes as a result of proactive approaches to developing and maintaining trust, as well as repairing trust after difficulties, was shown to apply under all procurement conditions.  
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v17i1.5220
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)
  • Goleman-Boyatzis Model of Emotional Intelligence for Dealing with Problems
           in Project Management

    • Authors: Peter Vincent Livesey
      Pages: 20 - 45
      Abstract: As projects grow in size and complexity the sizes of teams needed to manage them also increases. This places greater emphasis on the need for the project manager to develop people management skills, commonly called soft skills, of which emotional intelligence (EI) has been recognised as an important component. The objective of this research was to investigate the relevance of the Goleman-Boyatzis model of EI in dealing with the problems in large projects identified via a literature review. To achieve this end, a Delphi study using project managers who had been involved in the management of projects in excess of $500 million was used. The responses from the Delphi panel were analysed and the results showed that the competencies contained in the Goleman-Boyatzis model had a relevance of 95% or greater to the problems presented to the panel. A ranking of the various competencies contained within the model was also developed, some competencies being found to be more important than others. By confirming the importance of emotional intelligence, as described by the model, this research adds to the understanding of the necessary skills needed by a project manager to successfully manage large projects. 
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v17i1.5101
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)
  • Lean Construction Implementation in the Saudi Arabian Construction

    • Authors: Jamil Ghazi Sarhan, Bo Xia, Sabrina Fawzia, Azharul Karim
      Pages: 46 - 69
      Abstract: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has witnessed a huge increase in construction during the last two decades. However, many projects experienced time delays, cost overruns and the generation of massive amounts of waste. To address these challenges, lean construction has been introduced into the Saudi construction industry; however, it is still in its infancy. This study therefore investigates the current state of lean construction implementation in the construction industry in the KSA. The objectives are to identify: the types of construction waste, level of use of tools that support the implementation of lean construction, stages of application of lean methods, and the benefits of lean construction. To achieve these objectives, a structured questionnaire survey of 282 construction professionals was carried out. After the analysis of the collected data using mean score and Anova test, the following conclusions were made.  In the construction industry in the KSA, waiting is the most common type of waste, while Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the conventional tool supporting the implementation of lean construction. Furthermore, the data suggests that lean construction is most commonly used in the construction stage of projects while customer satisfaction is the main benefit derived from lean construction practices. This study concludes that the level of implementation of lean construction in the KSA construction industry is increasing. The results will help benchmark the current state of lean construction implementation, which will enable the construction industry to identify strategies to implement lean construction in Saudi Arabia in accordance with their needs and project goals, to achieve better productivity.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v17i1.5098
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)
  • The Socio-Economics of Women Inclusion in Green Construction

    • Authors: Adedeji Olushola Afolabi, Patience Fikiemo Tunji-Olayeni, Opeyemi Olanrewaju Oyeyipo, Rapheal Abiodun Ojelabi
      Pages: 70 - 89
      Abstract: The female population represents one of the greatest untapped resources for economic growth and revitalization in most sectors. The purpose of the study was to examine the socio-economics of women’s inclusion in green construction. The study utilized the use of questionnaires which were distributed to female professionals in the Nigerian construction industry. A total of 120 female construction professionals were used for this study. The data gathered was analysed using SPSS v17.0 with tests such as Frequencies, Percentages, Mean Score, ANOVA, and Factor Analysis. The result revealed a low level of participation by women in green construction. Women in construction exhibited moderate participation in Solar panel manufacturing, installation, and maintenance and in the enforcement of environmentally friendly practices on-site. The study revealed that the stressful nature of works, low interest from women, low career growth/progression and low investments in green works are significant barriers affecting women’s inclusion in green construction. In conclusion, the study identified three (3) socio-economic benefits of women’s inclusion in green construction. These are family/women related benefits, environment related benefits, and green energy market related benefits. The study suggested measures to increase women’s participation in green construction.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v17i1.5344
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)
  • Factors Influencing the Private Involvement in Urban Rail Public-Private
           Partnership Projects in China

    • Authors: Yongjian Ke, Weiya Hao, Huiping Ding, Yingying Wang
      Pages: 90 - 106
      Abstract: Private investors have been encouraged to participate in the development and operation of urban rail projects in China through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), given the fact that subnational governments are suffering from urgent development demands and severe fiscal pressure. However, there is no formal assessment to determine the private involvement in a PPP project. This problem is particularly critical in the sector of urban rail, in which the huge investment cannot rely on the private sector alone. This study hence aimed to uncover and identify the influencing factors. Multiple research methods, including content analysis, case study and focus group discussion were adopted to achieve the research purpose. Seven types of influencing factors were identified, including project financial model, government fiscal commitment, risk allocation, public accountability, efficiency considerations, policy and regulations, and organisational marketing strategies. The findings add to the current knowledge base by uncovering the drivers behind private involvement in a PPP project. They are also beneficial for industry practitioners as a basis/checklist to determine the private involvement.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v17i1.5105
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)
  • Insights into Architects’ Future Roles in Off-Site Construction

    • Authors: Jianing Luo, Hong Zhang, Willy Sher
      Pages: 107 - 120
      Abstract: Today’s construction industry is overflowing with new ideas about its future. Off-Site Manufacture and Construction (OSCM) is at the heart of the modern construction industry. Much has been written about the state and context of OSCM in different countries regarding its perceived benefits and barriers to implementation. Off-site production (OSP) plays an important role in improving fragmented construction processes. Although most OSP research targets the attitudes and practices of OSP adoption, there is limited understanding of the philosophical issues underpinning OSP-related architecture. The roles of the architects’ personal philosophies are neglected and this hampers their implementation of OSCM (which has had a largely technical focus). This paper explores the traditional thinking patterns of architects in China and predicts possible future roles for them. It then conceptualizes an “architectural work” mode and a “building product” mode of design and construction and identifies the shortcomings of architects in an OSCM environment. The arguments made are based on practitioners’ perceptions and the first author’s practical experiences of leading several real-life projects in recent years. The findings reveal the implications and significance of the transformation from an “architectural work” mode to a “building product” mode. We foresee a study approach that focuses on the order and rules for OSCM, resulting in architects’ existing mindsets being changed to thinking patterns and design methodologies better suited to OSCM.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v17i1.5252
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)
  • Where the Gaps Lie: Ten Years of Research into Collaboration on
           BIM-Enabled Construction Projects

    • Authors: Mehran Oraee, M.Reza Hosseini, Saeed Banihashemi Namini, Christoph Merschbrock
      Pages: 121 - 139
      Abstract: A BIM-enabled Construction Project (BIMCP) refers to a project involving relevant BIM tools to generate, exchange and manage project data between project participants. Success in delivering BIMCPs largely relies on how effective project members collaborate. As a result, collaboration on BIMCP has become a growing field of research while a review of studies on collaboration on BIMCPs is still missing. To address this gap, this paper presents the findings of a systematic review on studies devoted to collaboration on BIMCPs over the past 10 years (2006-2016). To this end, 208 studies published in 12 ICT-oriented journals in the construction context are thoroughly reviewed. The findings bring to light that studies on collaboration on BIMCPs are sporadic, isolated and focus on narrowed, limited and disjointed areas associated with collaboration. The study contributes to the field through highlighting the gaps of the existing literature on the topic. This provides a stepping stone to direct future inquiries that target collaboration on BIMCPs.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v17i1.5270
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)
  • Factors influencing e-Procurement adoption in the Nigerian building

    • Authors: Eziyi Offia Ibem, Egidario Bridget Aduwo, Patience Tunji-Olayeni, Emmanuel Adekunle Ayo-Vaughan, Uwakonye Obioha Uwakonye
      Pages: 54 - 67
      Abstract: Against the backdrop of increasing adoption of e-Procurement in supply chain management, there is a need for adequate knowledge of the factors that influence the decision by organizations in the building industry to use e-Procurement. This study aims to fill the knowledge gap through investigating the factors influencing e-Procurement adoption based on the data sourced in a questionnaire survey involving 213 organizations in the building industry. The survey was conducted between June and November 2015 in Nigeria. Descriptive statistics, factor and categorical regression analyses were used to analyze the data. The results show that the three most important factors influencing the adoption of e-Procurement amongst the participants, in order of importance, were: the benefits of e-Procurement in enhancing efficiency in project delivery; eliminating geographic barriers and effective communication among project team members. The 29 factors were investigated in seven different dimensions - the benefits of e-Procurement use; level of awareness on e-Procurement in construction; and the availability and cost of e-Procurement applications emerged as the three most significant predictors of e-Procurement adoption in the survey. The study concludes by identifying strategies that should be engaged in increasing the uptake and maximizing the benefits of e-Procurement in the Nigerian building industry.   
      PubDate: 2016-12-08
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v16i4.4984
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 4 (2016)
  • A Management Maturity Model (MMM) for project-based organisational
           performance assessment

    • Authors: Craig Langston, Amir Naser Ghanbaripour
      Pages: 68 - 85
      Abstract: Common sense suggests that organisations are more likely to deliver successful projects if they have systems in place that reflect a mature project environment based on a culture of continuous improvement. This paper develops and discusses a Management Maturity Model (MMM) to assess the maturity of project management organisations through a customisable, systematic, strategic and practical methodology inspired from the seminal work of Darwin, Deming, Drucker and Daniel. The model presented is relevant to organisations, such as construction and engineering companies, that prefer to use the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK™ Guide) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), but without the disadvantages of excessive time and cost commitments and a ‘one size fits all’ approach linked to rigid increments of maturity. It offers a game-changing advance in the application of project-based organisational performance assessment compared to existing market solutions that are unnecessarily complex. The feasibility of MMM is field-tested using a medium-sized data centre infrastructure firm in Tehran.
      PubDate: 2016-12-08
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v16i4.5028
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 4 (2016)
  • Book Review - Understanding Construction Law

    • Authors: Janet Grey
      Pages: 99 - 100
      Abstract: Understanding Construction LawCoggins,J., Davie,T., Ears,T., and Evans, P. (2016). Understanding Construction Law. Chatwood NSW, Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
      PubDate: 2016-12-08
      DOI: 10.5130/AJCEB.v16i4.5289
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 4 (2016)
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