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Asnaashari, E, Knight, A, Hurst, A and Farahani, S S (2009) Causes of construction delays in Iran: project management, logistics, technology and environment. In: Dainty, A R J (Ed.), Proceedings 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2009, Nottingham, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 887–906.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: construction projects; delay; Iran; management; time
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-1-4
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2009-0887-906_Asnaashari_Knight_Hurst_and_Farahani.pdf
  • Abstract:
    Delay is one of the most reoccurring problems in the construction industry and has negative impacts on project success in terms of time, cost, quality and safety. To minimise these impacts, identifying the most significant causes of delay is vital. The construction industry in Iran, with an annual turnover of US$ 38.4 billion, is one of the most profitable sectors in the country. However, the process of construction is very slow and expensive in Iran. Recently, due to a sharp increase in the price of land, materials, equipment and the high rate of population growth more efforts are being made to bring efficiency to the industry and mitigate delays in construction projects. This paper presents the second part of an investigation into factors which cause construction delay. The first part was focused on the role of Stakeholders, Politics and Economy in causing delays in projects. The second part will focus on causes of delays associated with Project Management, Logistics, Technology and the Environment. Eleven in-depth interviews were conducted with construction managers and practitioners associated with the Iranian construction industry. Interviewees, with more than 10 years' experience, explained the factors that cause delay in the construction industry in Iran. Responses were analysed qualitatively and a comprehensive interpretation was developed. The results revealed that most construction projects in Iran are subject to delay. Traditional management style, poor scheduling, using old technology, purchasing problems, low level of commitment among supply chain members, storage issues, and poor weather conditions are the top causes of delays in the Iranian construction industry, all of which will be discussed in this paper.