Causes of Construction Project Failures in Pakistan

Syed Saad Wasim, Manzoor A. Khalidi


Construction Project failure are global problem and Pakistan Construction projects also suffer from this phenomenon. The purpose of this research is to identify the major causes those are critical factors in the performance of a project. The literature review on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) emphasized that measurement of project success or failure is dependable on three key factors; Time, Cost & Scope. We have investigated various causes behind this triple constraint that are real forces a construction projects encounter during its lifecycle. The 33 major causes identified through literature review and Interviews with the industry specialist of Pakistan were transformed into a questionnaire. The survey was conducted with the industry professionals directly managing construction projects in the demography of Pakistan. The data help us in the identification of top ten causes of construction project failure in Pakistan: (1) Incompetent Contractor, (2) Delay in Procurement of long lead items, (3) Delay in Payments to Contractors, (4) Inaccurate Cost Estimates, (5) Inaccurate Project Schedule & Incompetent Project Team, (6) Lack of Project Planning, (7) Incompetent Project Manager, (8) Delay in providing site access to contractors, (9) Lack of cash flows & (10) Delay in design phase.

Keywords: Causes, Construction Project Failures, Pakistan, Project Management.

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