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Production pressures in the building sector of the construction industry: a systematic review of literature

Jack Neale (School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia)
Argaw Gurmu (School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 17 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The building sector of the construction industry incorporates a precipitous and volatile nature with poor safety conditions being prevalent, owing to its inability to determine an appropriate trade-off between productivity and safety. This disproportionate trade-off produces production pressures, which contribute poorly to construction performance, by encouraging workers to prioritise their working productivity ahead of safety. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impacts of production pressures in the building sector and propose mitigation strategies accordingly.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic review of literature was conducted, and secondary data were extracted from peer-reviewed journal papers. The data was then analysed to achieve the objectives of this study.

Findings

The main causes of production pressures are tight construction schedules, ineffective management and construction rework. Furthermore, the negative effects of production pressures are increased levels of stress in employees, reduced craftsmanship, encouraging accident-prone environments and decreasing employee’s safety behaviour. Effective mitigation strategies in relation to scheduling, leadership, communication and motivation were proposed. Finally, a causal loop diagram of production pressures in the building sector was developed.

Originality/value

This research will assist in creating a safer working environment within the building sector, by providing useful information regarding the severity of production pressures and suggesting mitigation strategies that can be implemented in the construction projects.

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Citation

Neale, J. and Gurmu, A. (2021), "Production pressures in the building sector of the construction industry: a systematic review of literature", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-12-2020-0529

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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