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A systemic inquiry into the delay factors in South African electrical distribution projects

Bonga Ntshangase (University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
Nien-Tsu Tuan (University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 22 March 2019

Issue publication date: 8 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the delay factors in South African electrical distribution projects and demonstrate the interlaced relationship between the identified project delay factors.

Design/methodology/approach

This research employs interactive management (IM) methodology to construct a model achieving the research purpose. The IM methodology is anchored in the soft systems thinking. Its inquiry process mainly comprises four phases: idea generation, idea clarification, idea structuring and interpretation of the structured ideas. The IM methodology allows the relevant stakeholders to collaboratively develop a digraph displaying the interrelationship among the system elements.

Findings

The participants of the IM session structured a systemic model showing that a loop comprising three factors is the driver leading to the delays in the electrical distribution projects. The three delay factors in the loop are “poor communication”, “poor planning” and “project scheduling not properly done”.

Originality/value

The findings show that a loop comprising three delay factors is the driver leading to the project delays. This result is different from the outputs of the commonly used approaches. The three identified root causes serve as the starting point for eradicating delays in the electrical distribution projects.

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Citation

Ntshangase, B. and Tuan, N.-T. (2019), "A systemic inquiry into the delay factors in South African electrical distribution projects", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 808-824. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-07-2018-0122

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