The effectiveness of construction management in improving labour productivity

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Date
2016-10
Authors
Mayet, Uzair
Phakathi, Sidumo
Lelosa, Jeremia
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University of Witwatersrand
Abstract
Management is one of the major key performance indicators that influence labour productivity of construction projects. Mismanagement of construction activities leads to poor construction labour productivity which has a negative impact on a project’s time, cost and quality. The aim of this study is to investigate management factors that have an influence on construction labour productivity and also provide measures that can help improve labour productivity in the South African construction industry. The research instrument adopted in this research is a survey utilising a questionnaire that consists of sub categories of factors that influence construction management. The sampling plan that was adopted during this research study is a purposive sampling technique. The questionnaire survey involves distributing an online questionnaire to construction managers that are “professionally” accredited to the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP). A likert scale was used to rank the results of the fifty-eight valid responses. The top three main factors that were found to be most effective in improving construction labour productivity were communication, planning and scheduling and motivation. The researchers then recommended a productivity management framework in order to measure and improve labour productivity. Further research can be done to improve the framework by considering the perceptions other site orientated construction professionals and relevant stakeholders.
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The aim of this study is to investigate management factors that have an influence on construction labour productivity and also provide measures that can help improve labour productivity in the South African construction industry.
Keywords
Construction labour productivity , Construction productivity--South Africa , Construction management
Citation
Mayet, U., Phakathi, S. and Lelosa, J. (2016). The effectiveness of construction management in improving labour productivity. Johannesburg: University of Witwatersrand