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Identification and evaluation of success factors for public construction projects


  • S.Z.S. Tabish
  • Kumar Neeraj Jha


Achieving success in public construction projects is difficult because it requires economy, efficiency, quality, fairness and transparency. Such projects are taken up on the requisition of owners/clients and almost always involve multiple entities and are also accountable to external financial audit and vigilance agencies. Identification of the success factors is considered the key to achieving success in these projects. Through an extensive literature review, 36 success attributes were identified and a questionnaire-based survey was undertaken to elicit views of professionals on these success attributes. The responses from 105 professionals with an average of 22 years of experience in public construction projects in India were collected and analysed. The factor analysis yielded four success factors: awareness of and compliance with rules and regulations; pre-project planning and clarity in scope; effective partnering among project participants; and external monitoring and control. These four success factors were also used in multivariate linear regression in order to explore their relative significance for overall performance, and compliance with anti-corruption and financial norms. The most significant factor for overall performance is awareness of and compliance with rules and regulations. The results would be helpful to public construction project professionals in taking proactive measures for successful completion of public projects.

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  • S.Z.S. Tabish & Kumar Neeraj Jha, 2011. "Identification and evaluation of success factors for public construction projects," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(8), pages 809-823, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:29:y:2011:i:8:p:809-823
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2011.611152

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