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Abdul-Aziz, A-R, Ngau, D P, Lim, Y M and Nuruddin, A R (2011) Internationalization of Malaysian quantity surveying firms: exploring the best fit models. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 49–58.

Brown, A D and Phua, F T T (2011) Subjectively construed identities and discourse: towards a research agenda for construction management. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 83–95.

Chang, Y, Wilkinson, S, Potangaroa, R and Seville, E (2011) Identifying factors affecting resource availability for post-disaster reconstruction: a case study in China. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 37–48.

Davey, C L, Lowe, D J and Duff, A R (2001) Generating opportunities for SMEs to develop partnerships and improve performance. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 1–11.

Dursun, O and Stoy, C (2011) Time-cost relationship of building projects: statistical adequacy of categorization with respect to project location. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 97–106.

Gundes, S (2011) Exploring the dynamics of the Turkish construction industry using input-output analysis. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 59–68.

Kululanga, G K, Edum-Fotwe, F T and McCaffer, R (2001) Measuring construction contractors' organizational learning. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 21–9.

Landin, A and Nilsson, C-H (2001) Do quality systems really make a difference?. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 12–20.

Lansley, P R (2001) Building research and the quality-of-life. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 62–74.

Lu, W, Olofsson, T and Stehn, L (2011) A lean-agile model of homebuilders' production systems. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 25–35.

Mbiti, T K, Blismas, N, Wakefield, R and Lombardo, R (2011) System archetypes underlying the problematic behaviour of construction activity in Kenya. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 3–13.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: construction output; system dynamics; system archetypes; Kenya
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2010.529924
  • Abstract:
    Construction activity in Kenya fluctuates excessively and grows very slowly. This feature causes adverse effects on the construction industry. When a drastic fall in construction activity occurs, the industry loses its production capacity; manpower moves to other industries in the country and abroad and many construction firms go bankrupt. During recovery, the shortage of contractors leads to increase in tender prices and sometimes poor quality work. These problems are best understood by modelling the construction industry as a system, because the systems approach to problem resolution involves an overarching study of the forces that give rise to the problems while simultaneously avoiding the distractions arising from excessive scrutiny of the problems themselves. In this paper, a system dynamics study of the construction industry of Kenya is presented. The system archetypes underlying the problematic behaviour of the industry are observed to be the balancing process with a delay phenomenon, coupled with the limits to growth phenomenon. It is recommended that (1) regulation of the response of the industry to changes in demand for its services; and (2) expansion of the construction market, could minimize fluctuations in construction activity and foster continual growth of the activity in Kenya.

Ofori, G (2001) Indicators for measuring construction industry development in developing countries. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 40–50.

Shih, N-J and Huang, Y-S (2001) A study of reflection glare in Taipei. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 30–9.

Thomson, D (2011) A pilot study of client complexity, emergent requirements and stakeholder perceptions of project success. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 69–82.

Wu, J, Kumaraswamy, M and Soo, G K L (2011) Dubious benefits from future exchange: an explanation of payment arrears from "continuing clients" in Mainland China. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 15–23.