The trickle-down effect of psycho-social constructs and knowledge deficiencies as organizational barriers to cost performance on highway projects

Amadi, AI and Higham, AP 2018, 'The trickle-down effect of psycho-social constructs and knowledge deficiencies as organizational barriers to cost performance on highway projects' , Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 23 (1) , pp. 57-72.

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Abstract

Purpose
The study proffers a theoretical narrative explaining the poor financial performance of public highway agencies in Nigeria. This study critically spotlights seminal works in the literature offering theoretical narratives on the poor financial performance of public infrastructure projects, to discuss whether they adequately capture the relationship between psychological factors, project governance/leadership issues, and knowledge/skill deficiencies related to the cost performance of infrastructure projects in the developing world. The evaluation reveals the predominant contextual exclusivity of these theoretical narratives to the developed world, which tend to under-represent developing countries, such as those on the African continent.

Design/methodology/approach
Using a case study research strategy, longitudinal documentary/archival data for 61 highway projects were analyzed. Sixteen interviews were also conducted with highway officials from the three highway agencies responsible for the execution of the projects. A two-stage deductive-inductive thematic analysis of the collated data was carried out to identify barriers to the financial management of public highway projects, the result of which is cognitively mapped out.

Findings
The study showcases empirical insight on cost overruns experienced in Nigerian public projects, due to the trickle-down effect of human and organizational environment, as well as due to workers’ knowledge/skill deficiencies.

Research limitations/implications
The developed theory is contextual to Nigeria, as such there is scope for testing its generalisability to other developing nations.

Originality/value
The in-depth trajectory provided, uncovers an intricate web of technical and psycho-social, organizational and institutional issues, which have not been identified and explained by previous theoretical narratives.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1366-4387
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Depositing User: AP Higham
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 08:27
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2018 18:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42343

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