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Arditi, D and Mochtar, K (2000) Trends in productivity improvement in the US construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 18(01), 15-27.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: productivity trends; survey; USA
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/014461900370915
  • Abstract:

    Surveys of the top 400 US contractors were conducted in 1979, 1983 and 1993 to identify the areas with potential for productivity improvement in the construction industry. The trends in the findings of these surveys are observed and interpreted. The results indicate that cost control, scheduling, design practices, labour training, and quality control are the functions that consistently over the years are perceived as having considerable room for productivity improvement, whereas materials packaging and foreign developments in construction technologies are perceived consistently as functions that do not have much effect on improving construction productivity. The functions that were identified as needing more improvement in 1993 compared with the previous surveys were prefabrication, new materials, value engineering, specifications, labour availability, labour training, and quality control, whereas those that were identified as needing less improvement than in the previous surveys were field inspection and labour contract agreements. Also, respondents indicated consistently over the years that they are willing to participate in activities related to improving construction productivity but are not interested in funding any such activities