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Improving clients’ satisfaction in construction projects: the case of Saudi Arabia

Fawaz Alshihre (University College in Al Wajh, University of Tabuk Deanship of Library Affairs, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia)
Ezekiel Chinyio (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Chinny Nzekwe-Excel (Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Emmanuel I. Daniel (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 11 August 2020

Issue publication date: 20 October 2020




Clients’ satisfaction is often associated with performance in the construction industry. Organisations that achieve very high ratings of clients’ satisfaction improve their positions in the marketplace. Many clients are often dissatisfied with their project outcomes. Hence, a research study was carried out to examine the ways project managers and/or contractors perceive the subject of clients’ satisfaction.


The study applied qualitative research methods and followed the interpretivist paradigm and inductive research approach. A total of 30 interviews were conducted with construction project managers and evaluated by a thematic analysis.


The study identified five prominent factors which the project managers perceived to impact on clients’ satisfaction, which are as follows: effective financial management; use of skilled workers; use of advanced technology; customer relation and time management. Other contributors to clients’ satisfaction include effective team leadership, project monitoring, communication and adequate knowledge and skills.

Research limitations/implications

Data collection was limited to Saudi Arabia, but the general methodology used and some of the findings may be applicable beyond this country.

Practical implications

The findings provide a more informed basis of attaining greater clients’ satisfaction by contractors, especially within and possibly beyond Saudi Arabia. Also, contractors can directly enquire from clients about their satisfaction following project completion.


A project manager's perspective and Saudi Arabian orientation of clients’ satisfaction are presented. Also, insight into the multifaceted nature of the factors influencing clients’ satisfaction is provided.



This paper is based on the first author's PhD study, which was funded by a studentship that was granted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The research which informed this paper was funded as a Ph.D. studentship, which was granted to the first author by the Government of Saudi Arabia. The funding is greatly appreciated.


Alshihre, F., Chinyio, E., Nzekwe-Excel, C. and Daniel, E.I. (2020), "Improving clients’ satisfaction in construction projects: the case of Saudi Arabia", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 10 No. 5, pp. 709-723.



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