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Risk identification on communitybased construction projects in Zambia

Risk identification on communitybased construction projects in Zambia Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss and highlight the results of a study that identified critical risks involved in the procurement of communitybased infrastructure projects in Zambia.Designmethodologyapproach Brainstorming was chosen as the method for identifying risks in the study. It was applied in the form of group discussions with project management committees at community level to identify potential risks affecting their particular projects.Findings The identified critical risks were classified into six categories project initiation community contribution and participation budget and finance skilled labour materials procurement and technical supervision and quality control. Several significant risk factors were identified in all these six categories in communitybased construction projects. The paper concludes that indeed there are critical risks in communitybased construction projects that require forward planning, assessment and mitigation.Originalityvalue The consequences of not assessing and managing construction risks in both conventional and communitybased procurement systems are that projects may experience time and cost overruns and lead to poor quality structures. It is therefore important to identify risks in community projects. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology Emerald Publishing

Risk identification on communitybased construction projects in Zambia

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1726-0531
DOI
10.1108/17260530810891289
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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss and highlight the results of a study that identified critical risks involved in the procurement of communitybased infrastructure projects in Zambia.Designmethodologyapproach Brainstorming was chosen as the method for identifying risks in the study. It was applied in the form of group discussions with project management committees at community level to identify potential risks affecting their particular projects.Findings The identified critical risks were classified into six categories project initiation community contribution and participation budget and finance skilled labour materials procurement and technical supervision and quality control. Several significant risk factors were identified in all these six categories in communitybased construction projects. The paper concludes that indeed there are critical risks in communitybased construction projects that require forward planning, assessment and mitigation.Originalityvalue The consequences of not assessing and managing construction risks in both conventional and communitybased procurement systems are that projects may experience time and cost overruns and lead to poor quality structures. It is therefore important to identify risks in community projects.

Journal

Journal of Engineering, Design and TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 11, 2008

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