Barriers in contractual scope management of international development projects in Afghanistan

Ahmadullah Hilali (Kandahar University, Kandahar, Afghanistan)
Chotchai Charoenngam (Department of Construction Engineering and Infrastructure Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand)
Ankita Barman (Department of Construction Engineering and Infrastructure Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 8 May 2019

Abstract

Purpose

For construction and management, the existing codes of practice of international organizations such as US Army Corps of Engineers, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Office for Project Services, etc., often prove ineffective when applied in post-war countries like Afghanistan. Domestic contractors faced maximum challenges in contractual scope management, which was implemented by such organizations based on their existing codes of practice. The purpose of this paper is to understand these barriers in scope management as faced by the domestic contractors of Afghanistan.

Design/methodology/approach

The research employs a mixed methodology to cater to its objectives. Face-to-face structured interviews of 14 industry experts and extensive literature review were conducted to identify unique barriers pertaining to Afghanistan construction industry. Further, quantitative assessment of these barriers through the statistical tools of “mean score ranking,” “Kendall’s test” and “independent sample t-test” was carried out to understand the severity of the barriers.

Findings

In total, 39 unique barriers were identified under the groups of “scope formulation,” “scope completeness,” “scope pricing,” “scope implementation” and “scope change control.” The consequential impacts of these barriers and their existence at different stages of the project were illustrated. The most severe barriers were identified as the “inadequacy of site investigation reports” and the “unavailability of resources in local markets.”

Originality/value

The understanding of the challenges faced by local stakeholders, as highlighted by this study, can be utilized by these international organizations in their strategy and planning to ensure successful projects while also propagating the adoption of sustainable construction practices.

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Citation

Hilali, A., Charoenngam, C. and Barman, A. (2019), "Barriers in contractual scope management of international development projects in Afghanistan", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2017-0197

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