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Confirmatory analysis on factors influencing the material management effectiveness in construction projects

Bao Pham Van (School of Civil Engineering and Management, International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam) (Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam)
Vachara Peansupap (Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 10 February 2023

Issue publication date: 10 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Construction material management is an important process in supporting construction operations that affect project performance. Previous studies attempt to identify factors influencing material management in different stages such as procurement, transportation and utilization. However, they lack a model to explain the relationship between influential factors and the effectiveness of material management. Therefore, this study aims to validate the variables and key factors influencing the effectiveness of material management processes.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 42 variables were reviewed from literature in different stages of material management process. Survey questionnaires were used to collect data about participants' perceptions on these variables. The respondents were 200 project engineers and project managers from construction sites and offices in Vietnam. Then factor analysis techniques were undertaken to validate the structure of factor groups. Two methods of exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were, respectively, performed to evaluate and verify the model's fit.

Findings

Factors influencing the effectiveness of material management were grouped into nine main factors, which are procurement issues, site conditions, planning and handling on site, industrial environments, contractual issues, quality control, suppliers and manufacturers' issues, transportation in and out site and security on site.

Practical implications

The paper has several implications for theory and methodology related to material management. It features influential factors in association with the material management effectiveness. Therefore, senior managers can more fully understand the errors in their works and propose timely solutions to limit the unwanted risks.

Originality/value

This research contributes on theoretical development on factors influencing effectiveness of material management processes. The key findings on influential factors can be applied to measure the effectiveness of material management processes.

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Acknowledgements

This paper was supported by the research budget of the Civil Engineering Centennial Scholarship of Chulalongkorn University and the ASEAN/NON-ASEAN Scholarship.

Citation

Pham Van, B. and Peansupap, V. (2024), "Confirmatory analysis on factors influencing the material management effectiveness in construction projects", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 2536-2562. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2021-0811

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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