The need for alternative research approaches in construction management : the case of delay studies

Alsehaimi, AO, Koskela, LJ and Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, P 2013, 'The need for alternative research approaches in construction management : the case of delay studies' , Journal of Management in Engineering, 29 (4) , pp. 407-413.

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Over the years, there have been many studies of delay in construction, and this type of study continues to be popular in construction management research. A synthesis and critical evaluation of delay studies in developing countries reveals that poor project management is cited as one of the main causes of delay. However, despite significant consensus, most published studies fall short of providing clear recommendations for the improvement of project management practice. Moreover, the majority of recommendations are general and not devoted to solving the difficulties associated with particular causes of delay. This paper aims to demonstrate that the root cause of this state of affairs is that typical research into delay tends to be descriptive and explanatory, making it inadequate for solving persistent managerial problems in construction. It is contended that many problems in construction could be mitigated via alternative research approaches, i.e. action and constructive research. Such prescriptive research methods can assist in the development and implementation of innovative tools tackling managerial problems of construction, including that of delay. In so doing, those methods will better connect research and practice, and thus strengthen the relevance of academic construction management.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management in Engineering
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0742-597X
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: LJ Koskela
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 12:35
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 14:31

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