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Ahmad, H S, Ayoush, M D and Al-Alwan, M S (2019) Causes of delay to public infrastructure projects according to engineers representing different contract parties. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 10(01), 153–79.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Survey; Construction projects; Roads; Causes of delay; Contract parties; Public infrastructure;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 2044-124X
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-03-2019-0026
  • Abstract:
    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the main causes of delay in public construction projects. This is motivated by feedback from public construction experts concerning substantive delays during the last decade. The study thus seeks to help decision makers in Jordan and elsewhere identify problems and develop mitigating strategies. Design/methodology/approach Causes of delay were identified from previous related studies and then augmented after consultation with experts. This resulted in 56 delay factors classified into eight groups. The sampling frame for the study was defined in terms of public construction projects (mostly related to roads) owned by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Jordan. A survey was conducted with engineers working as representatives of the owner, contractors or consultants to elicit and evaluate the importance of the 56 delay factors. Findings Overall, 113 completed questionnaire responses were returned and analyzed to rank the causes of delay using the relative importance index method. Owners and consultants showed more interest in factors related to themselves, while contractors showed highest interest in an external factor related to the owner of services. Four recommendations are put forward for decision makers to mitigate against delays. Originality/value This research investigates a relatively large number of delay factors compared to other studies and these are categorized into groups to facilitate thematic understanding. Further, compared to previous related research, this research fills a gap by exploring the opinions of different contract parties.