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Causes of delays in the construction industry in Lebanon

TOUFIC M. MEZHER (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, PO Box 11–0236, Beirut, Lebanon)
WISSAM TAWIL (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut, PO Box 11–0236, Beirut, Lebanon)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 March 1998

2002

Abstract

The present paper presents the major causes of delays in the construction industry in Lebanon and the relative importance of these postponements. A survey of a randomly selected sample of 11 owners, 15 contractors and 10 architectural/engineering (A/E) firms from Lebanon was undertaken. The survey included 64 causes of delay, grouped into 10 major groups, in which the participants were asked to indicate their level of importance of each delay. The level of importance of the causes and the groups were measured and ranked by the importance index for owners, contractors and A/E firms. It was found that all three parties generally agreed on the ranking of the major categories of delay factors. Owners had more concerns with regard to financial issues, while contractors ranked contractual relationships highest, and finally, A/E firms ranked project management highest.

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MEZHER, T.M. and TAWIL, W. (1998), "Causes of delays in the construction industry in Lebanon", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 252-260. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb021079

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