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Barriers to modular construction systems implementation in developing countries’ architecture, engineering and construction industry

Abdulkabir Opeyemi Bello (Department of Building, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria)
Ayaz Ahmad Khan (University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Abdullahi Idris (Department of Building, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria)
Hamzat Mohammed Awwal (Department of Building, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 10 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aimed to identify and assess the barriers to implementing modular construction systems (MCS) in developing country's architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, targeting built environment professionals from Nigeria and South Africa.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted a quantitative research method, using a structured questionnaire to seek the opinions of the professionals on the identified categories of barriers.

Findings

Results indicated that all identified categories of barriers were statistically significant using a one-sample t-test at p = 0.05 significance level which indicates they are critical towards the implementation of MCS in developing countries. Assessment of the opinion of the professionals using the Kruskal–Wallis scale showed that they hold similar views on the barriers to the adoption of MCS. Pearson correlation shows a high correlation coefficient amongst the barrier categories and an acceptable level of significance (p = 0.05).

Research limitations/implications

This study is limited to two significant African countries (Nigeria and South Africa) selected based on the gross domestic product (GDP). Further studies can consider developing countries outside Africa and investigate broader respondents.

Practical implications

The study provides implications on the barriers affecting MCS in developing countries for the academia, industry and government to have an insight into the barriers and make informed decisions and policies.

Originality/value

The research satisfies the need to study the barriers affecting the MCS in developing countries that can mitigate housing deficits. This innovative construction method has been adopted and implemented in developed countries, and the result has been positive.

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Citation

Bello, A.O., Khan, A.A., Idris, A. and Awwal, H.M. (2023), "Barriers to modular construction systems implementation in developing countries’ architecture, engineering and construction industry", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-10-2022-1001

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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