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Key risks in construction projects in Italy: contractors’ perspective

Ali Rostami (School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Chike F. Oduoza (University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 15 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Risks play an important role in the success of construction projects. Failure in identification and assessment of risks can lead to inadequacy in the process of managing risks, which in turn can critically affect the projects’ resources. A formal risk management is rarely practised in construction projects due to the lack of contractors’ awareness of key risks. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the investigation of risk factors in construction projects in Italy from contractors’ perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

Semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect data, based on which a total of ten key risks were ascertained. The identified risks were compared with the findings of the surveys conducted in the Australian and Chinese construction industry to address the unique risks associated with construction projects in Italy.

Findings

The key risks included delays in payments, client variations, design variations, inaccurate cost estimates, and tight project schedules. The comparison between those three countries specified the delays in payments and project funding problems as the most critical factors that are related to cultural influences and behaviour of clients. The findings assist contractors in the risk identification process, and can be applied to the development of a risk management framework for construction projects.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of this study cannot be generalised statistically for the whole of Italy as it was constrained geographically, with respondents drawn only from a self-selection sample of construction projects in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. The findings represent a snapshot of the key potential internal and external risks from the perspective of contractors.

Originality/value

The results of the study specified the key risks of construction projects from the perspective of contractors which can contribute to risk management for construction projects.

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Citation

Rostami, A. and Oduoza, C.F. (2017), "Key risks in construction projects in Italy: contractors’ perspective", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 451-462. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2015-0142

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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