Critical factors inhibiting performance of small - and medium-scale contractors in sub-Saharan region: a case for Malawi

Kulemeka, Paul John, Kululanga, Grant and Morton, Danny (2015) Critical factors inhibiting performance of small - and medium-scale contractors in sub-Saharan region: a case for Malawi. Journal of Construction Engineering, 2015 (927614). ISSN 2356-7295

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Abstract

The construction industry is dominated by small- and medium-scale contractors (SMCs) who face an emerging trend of unique challenges in the implementation of projects. he study was aimed at examining inhibiting factors that influence performance of SMCs in terms of “quality of work,” “tender estimation,” “tender preparation,” and “timely completion of construction projects” in Malawi. A survey questionnaire was administered to 370 players in the construction industry which included public sector clients, contractors, consultants, and construction resource trainers in order to elicit data from 118 variables that were identified through a careful literature review. The inhibiting factors were generally dominated by economic issues, which was an emerging trend to what has been previously reported in the sub-Saharan region. The first highest ranked inhibiting factors were high lending interest regimes offered by financial institutions; stringent conditions to access capital; fluctuation of currency; stringent requirements for obtaining bonds; and high taxes. The research lays the foundation for further understanding of inhibitors on performance of SMCs in an evolving world which is being impacted by global factors and punctuated by sudden changes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: School of Engineering > Engineering
Depositing User: Prof Danny Morton
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 15:27
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 15:27
Identification Number: 10.1155/2015/927614
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1601

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