A framework for collaboration in management of risks in construction projects

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University of Dar es Salaam
Construction projects can be unpredictable. Managing risks in construction projects has been recognized as a very important process in order to achieve project objectives in terms of time, cost, quality, safety and environmental sustainability especially in the era where projects have become more dynamic and complex. Individually, contractors, consultants and clients, have commonly approached risk management in isolation. In many projects there are tendencies of project parties to try to avoid risks as far as possible and let somebody else in the construction chain deal with them resulting into inadequate and unfair risk management efforts. Collaboration of project parties in management of risk is thus critical to the success of any construction project. Effective collaboration in management of risks and uncertainties of the construction projects are essential for decision-making in construction process. Data used in this research were collected through both questionnaire and interview surveys. A total of 200 respondents gave opinions on risks, risk management, collaboration drivers and collaborative tools. Validation of the model was done through case study projects. Analysis of data was based on central tendency statistics, and these were analysed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 10.0. The research has established a total of twenty four (24) critical risk factors; the research has also established six project dimensions which influence risk management, these included project funding; project characteristics; project team; project implementation boundaries; procurement implementation arrangement; and stakeholders. Critical enablers’ factors for collaboration were also established. These included trust; open communication; skill/competence; commitment; information sharing; good relationship and mutual understanding. Other established enabling factors are proactive and joint problem solving; knowledge sharing; fair distribution of responsibilities; flexibility; seamless operation; fairly drafted contracts and no blame culture. Furthermore, the study has established collaborative tools for effective collaboration. These included open communication; site and progress meetings; follow-up workshops.
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management, construction
Msomba, P (2019) A framework for collaboration in management of risks in construction projects, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.