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Critical success factors for cost management in public-housing projects

Lovelin Ifeoma Obi (Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Mohammed Arif (Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Bankole Awuzie (Department of Built Environment, Central University of Technology Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Rubina Islam (Department of Business and Law, University of Salford, Manchester, UK)
Aman Deep Gupta (Department of Management Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA)
Robert Walton (Department of Decision Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 25 January 2021

Issue publication date: 21 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Effective cost performance is a crucial criterion measuring successful project management in public-housing projects. This paper aims to analyse the vital underlying factors surrounding the successful cost management process (CMP) outcomes in public housing projects (PHPs).

Design/methodology/approach

The research was conducted in three stages. The first stage consisted of a detailed literature review to document success factors affecting cost performances and management. In stage two, brainstorming sessions were undertaken with construction experts knowledgeable in cost management practices and have been involved in PHPs. These sessions were used to refine those success factors for the PHPs settings and define their criticality with respect to the CMP stages using interpretive ranking process. In stage three, focus group sessions were performed to validate the interrelationships of the contextualised critical success factors.

Findings

The top three most critical factors for successful implementation and outcomes at all CMP stages in PHPs settings were found to relate to competencies, team qualities and collaborative practices of the project team. Early contractor involvement and effective construction planning and management also emerged relevant to the process.

Practical implications

Government project departments, project managers and construction organisations (consultants and contractors) need to commit and mandate continuous development of cost management competencies for all professionals engaged in PHPs. Channels supporting team integration and collaborative practices between design and construction teams are required to increase the likelihood of successful project cost management practice and outcomes in PHPs.

Originality/value

The research has developed a factor-process relationship model that can be used to improve and evaluate the efficacy of CMP implementation in PHP settings.

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Acknowledgements

Erratum: It has come to the attention of the publisher that the article, Obi, L.I., Arif, M., Awuzie, B., Islam, R., Gupta, A.D. and Walton, R. , “Critical success factors for cost management in public-housing projects” published in Construction Innovation, ahead of print, omitted the author Mohammed Arif. This error was introduced in the editorial process and has now been corrected in the online version. The publisher sincerely apologises for this error and for any inconvenience caused.

Citation

Obi, L.I., Arif, M., Awuzie, B., Islam, R., Gupta, A.D. and Walton, R. (2021), "Critical success factors for cost management in public-housing projects", Construction Innovation, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 625-647. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-10-2020-0166

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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