An investigation into causes, effects and measures for minimising time overruns in road construction projects in Malawi: the case of Roads Authority

Mukasera, Aamon Monty (2016) An investigation into causes, effects and measures for minimising time overruns in road construction projects in Malawi: the case of Roads Authority. Masters thesis, University of Bolton.

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Abstract

Construction projects have a worldwide history of being completed beyond their schedule durations. Road construction is not an exception, as such client organisations end up paying huge sums of money in compensations for delayed projects while contractors on the other hand suffer losses from delayed projects. The study aims at identifying causes, effects and measures for minimising time overruns in road construction projects in Malawi. A detailed literature review and structured questionnaire surveys were used for the study; and results revealed the presence of time overruns in road construction projects in Malawi. Results of the study have revealed that inadequate planning, inability to pre-finance projects, delays in processing contractors’ payments, delayed mobilisation to project sites, slow decision making, delayed approvals for scope changes, workers risky behaviours, poor planning and scheduling, price fluctuations, political interference, equipment unavailability, inclement weather as causes of time overruns in projects. Time overruns in road projects have cost overruns, extension of time, claims, disputes, contract termination, loss of profits, project abandonment, poor quality of work due to hurried execution, idling of resources, bankruptcy, arbitration, litigation and loss of employees as their effects. The study has established the following measures which when effectively implemented will minimise time overruns in road construction projects: proper project planning and scheduling, effective and efficient management of sites and supervision services, availability of complete designs at project commencement, coordination on site, adherence to specification, use of appropriate construction methods; use of proper and modern equipment, conducting frequent progress meetings, construction according to drawings and use of up to date technology. As a way of mitigating time overruns in road construction projects in Malawi, the study recommends the following: ensuring secure and reliable funding for the entire project duration; availability of complete designs at project commencement; awarding contracts to technically and financially sound contractors; ensure availability by revamping activities of PVHO; implementation of measures which will counter the occurrence of time overruns in projects; and holding of frequent progress site meetings.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Electronic version of the dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of a Master of Science Degree in Project Management awarded by University of Bolton in conjunction with Malawi Institute of Management
Divisions: University of Bolton Theses > Off-campus Division
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 18:53
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 09:00
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1115

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