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Effects of Schedule Pressure on Construction Performance

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Authors
Nepal, Madhav Prasad; Park, Moon-Seo; Son, Bosik
Issue Date
2006
Publisher
American Society of Civil Engineers
Citation
J. Constr. Engrg. and Mgmt.,132(2),182-188
Keywords
Construction managementProductivityQuality controlSchedulingLabor
Abstract
Accelerating a project can be rewarding. The consequences, however, can be troublesome if productivity and quality are sacrificed for the sake of remaining ahead of schedule, such that the actual schedule benefits are often barely worth the effort. The tradeoffs and paths of schedule pressure—and its causes and effects—are often overlooked when schedule decisions are being made. This paper analyzes the effects that schedule pressure has on construction performance, and focuses on tradeoffs in scheduling. A research framework has been developed using a causal diagram to illustrate the cause-and-effect analysis of schedule pressure. An empirical investigation has been performed by using survey data collected from 102 construction practitioners working in 38 construction sites in Singapore. The results of this survey data analysis indicate that advantages of increasing the pace of work—by working under schedule pressure—can be offset by losses in productivity and quality. The negative effects of schedule pressure arise mainly by working out of sequence, generating work defects, cutting corners, and losing the motivation to work. The adverse effects of schedule pressure can be minimized by scheduling construction activities realistically and planning them proactively, motivating workers, and by establishing an effective project coordination and communication mechanism.
ISSN
0733-9364
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/18410
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2006)132:2(182)
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