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A rework reduction model for construction projects

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3 Author(s)
P. E. D. Love ; Sch. of Manage. Inf. Syst., Edith Cowan Univ., Perth, Australia ; Z. Irani ; D. J. Edwards

Rework is an endemic problem in building construction projects and is an area of research that has received limited attention. Recent research has shown that rework is the primary cause of time and schedule overruns in projects and that rework levels do not significantly differ between current procurement methods despite calls from government for the use of more integrated procurement approaches such as design-and-construct to improve project performance. To reduce the incidence of rework throughout the construction supply chain, data from 161 completed projects were gathered using a questionnaire survey. Stepwise multiple regression was used to determine the significant variables that contributed to rework in projects. In conjunction with previously reported research, these variables were used to develop an alternative procurement model for reducing rework in projects. It is suggested that the proposed model could be used to stimulate interorganizational relations and promote teambuilding during the formative stages of a project, which is essential for reducing design-related reworking.

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IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 4 )