Construction project control in the UK:current practice, existing problems and recommendations for future improvement


The aim of this study is to address the main deficiencies with the prevailing project cost and time control practices for construction projects in the UK. A questionnaire survey was carried out with 250 top companies followed by in-depth interviews with 15 experienced practitioners from these companies in order to gain further insights of the identified problems, and their experience of good practice on how these problems can be tackled. On the basis of these interviews and syntheses with literature, a list of 65 good practice recommendations have been developed for the key project control tasks: planning, monitoring, reporting and analysing. The Delphi method was then used, with the participation of a panel of 8 practitioner experts, to evaluate these improvement recommendations and to establish their degree of relevance. After two rounds of Delphi, these recommendations are put forward as "critical", "important", or "helpful" measures for improving project control practice.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International journal of project management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Olawale, Y & Sun, M, 'Construction project control in the UK: current practice, existing problems and recommendations for future improvement' International journal of project management, vol. 33, no. 3 (2015) DOI
Uncontrolled Keywords: cost control,good practice,project control,project management practice,project overrun,project success,Business and International Management,Management of Technology and Innovation,Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Publication ISSN: 1873-4634
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 15:00
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-04
Published Online Date: 2014-11-06
Authors: Olawale, Yakubu
Sun, Ming



Version: Accepted Version

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