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Arabiat, A, Edum-Fotwe, F T and McCaffer, R (2007) Does client behaviour actively induce risk in construction projects?. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2007, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 745–54.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: client; contractor; organisational behaviour; project management; risk management; risk perception
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-0-7
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2007-0745-0754_Arabiat_Edum-Fotwe_and_McCaffer.pdf
  • Abstract:
    The construction industry is often associated with a reputation for delivering projects that are characterised by budget and schedule growth. Several researches have explored the conditions and factors that produce incorrect estimates as a key factor to increase or decrease the risk. Risk is seen as part and parcel of construction projects, where two key stakeholders, the contractors and consultants, are considered the originators, mitigators and managers of risk. However, risk is not usually associated with the client. Recent developments have shown that clients can equally be the cause of risk, contrary to what is commonly presumed. Some cases as in the new Wembley Stadium and the Holyrood building project have featured the client role in the outcome. The paper presents initial thoughts on a study into how the role and behaviour of the client induces or mitigates risk in projects. The study will approach the client role from an organisation behaviour perspective. The study aims to demonstrate whether the characteristics of certain behaviour create a risk management style for the client, and whether these characteristics affect the project risk positively or negatively.