An investigation into construction contracts in Malawi - turnkey versus traditional contracts.

Mshali, Rodney M. (2016) An investigation into construction contracts in Malawi - turnkey versus traditional contracts. Masters thesis, University of Bolton.

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Abstract

This thesis provides results obtained from the study on an investigation in the construction contracts in Malawi with precision on management of turnkey and traditional contracts. To fulfil the objectives of the study, the researcher carried out a literature review of the same using the previously documented articles, periodicals, journals, books and dissertations. In addition to the same, survey questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and desk research were conducted to obtain localized data in Malawi. The data collection techniques of using questionnaires and interviews were designed in such a manner so as to meet the research’s objectives and test its hypothesis. The goal of the questionnaire was to analyse the importance of implementing projects using the turnkey approach. The questionnaire was developed to focus on the identification of benefits and drawbacks of the turnkey approach, the comparison of the turnkey approach against the traditional approach and proposal of areas where the turnkey approach can be improved. Interviews and focus groups on the other hand focused on validating information gathered from the survey questionnaire. Emphasis was made on obtaining views and opinions of the turnkey approach with respect to the Malawian society. With respect to the sample used in this research, it was envisaged that with the ongoing turnkey projects being implemented in Malawi and the historical experience in traditional contracts, different views and thoughts were gathered creating a remarkable outcome on the results obtained from the questionnaires and focus groups. Data was collected from fifty one respondents which were more than the sample required and was used for analysis. It was noted that the majority of the sample represent by seventy nine percent (79%) preferred turnkey contracts to traditional contracts as being effective in the implementation of mega construction projects (MCPs) in Malawi. Nonetheless, the study still identified challenges and shortfalls in the turnkey contract that required amendments in order to achieve the required effectiveness in the construction sector of Malawi. The study therefore concluded with the provision of recommendations on the resolving the shortfalls of turnkey contracts so as to improve their implementation effectiveness and adoption in the construction sector of Malawi.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Electronic version of the dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters 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 20:02
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 09:00
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1117

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