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Measuring performance and determining success factors of construction sites

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Salminen, Juha
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-17T06:45:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-17T06:45:44Z
dc.date.issued 2005-02-04
dc.identifier.isbn 951-22-7494-9
dc.identifier.issn 1795-2700
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/2527
dc.description.abstract Construction site performance has been measured using various key figures and monitored with the aid of checklists, but no systematic, comprehensive performance measurement systems exist for comparison and development purposes. The aim of the study was to develop a system for measuring and developing construction site performance, and to determine the central success factors for a construction site by analyzing the measurement results. The performance measurement system developed was based on a system model of the operation and results of a construction site. The main parts of the system model were 1) preconditions, 2) the operation process, and 3) results. The operation process elements were management systems, leadership, and work behavior. The results of a construction project were measured from the standpoints of cost, schedule, quality, and safety. Specific measurement methods were developed for each elements. The measurement process included a procedure for feedback to sites and company units, and the performance measurement system was therefore also a development tool for companies. The research material came from a total of 47 construction sites of four construction companies. A discriminant analysis revealed that the data didn't fall into clear groups that would demand dividing the body of material into several parts. The measurement system contained over 300 variables. The number of these was reduced by combining dimensions of different meters into sum variables. Work behavior and leadership were measured by means of a questionnaire, and reduction of the number of variables was performed via a factor analysis, which yielded six dimensions of organizational behavior on a construction site. Relationships between result and explanatory variables were studied through regression and correlation analysis. It was concluded that cost, deviation to schedule, quality, and safety form a coherent unit representing project success, although it can be the case that sites fail in some respects and succeed in others. Success of a construction project is highly dependent on the management skills of site managers and in the examination of management style, focus on production was found to be most important. However, an advanced management system does not guarantee that a site is managed efficiently, but the implementation and practical use of the planning and production control methods are most important. The preconditions created by the client/consultant, designers, and corporate headquarters for the site are related to construction site success, but the operation of the site itself has much more influence. However, there are other factors in the environment of a construction site that are not covered by the measurement system but that may affect project success. en
dc.format.extent 175, [50]
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Helsinki University of Technology en
dc.publisher Teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Helsinki University of Technology Construction Economics and Management. A, Research reports en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 3 en
dc.subject.other Civil engineering en
dc.title Measuring performance and determining success factors of construction sites en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.description.version reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering en
dc.contributor.department Rakennus- ja ympäristötekniikan osasto fi
dc.subject.keyword construction site en
dc.subject.keyword performance measurement en
dc.subject.keyword system model en
dc.subject.keyword success factors en
dc.subject.keyword work behavior and leadership en
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:fi:tkk-004754
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.contributor.lab Laboratory of Construction Economics and Management en
dc.contributor.lab Rakentamistalouden laboratorio fi


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