Project Specific Constraints Influencing Productivity of Tradespeople in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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Ugulu, R. A., Arewa, A. and Allen, S. 2020. Project Specific Constraints Influencing Productivity of Tradespeople in the Nigerian Construction Industry. Built Environment Project and Asset Management. 10 (1), pp. 94-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-10-2018-0124
AuthorsUgulu, R. A., Arewa, A. and Allen, S.
Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to establish the perception of tradespeople about project-specific constraints (PSCs) influencing construction productivity in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a qualitative descriptive survey comprising face-to-face semi-structured interviews and a purposive sampling method, views of eight groups of tradespeople and seven project managers on live construction projects in Nigeria were collected. The study used conventional content analysis with the aid of NVivo 12 pro computer software for the analysis.

Findings

The research evaluated the PSCs and their effect on construction productivity of tradespeople. The findings identified five key PSCs, namely: lack of promotions/reward system, unsafe/poor health condition of workers, delay in material availability, inadequate site amenities and an ageing workforce. These results support earlier research on constraints influencing labour productivity, however, the poor health condition of workers and material unavailability appear to be more unique when compared to other previous studies.

Research limitations/implications

The study focussed on the Federal Capital Territory Abuja and the Lagos State of Nigeria. It provides insight into the PSCs influencing the productivity of tradespeople in the Nigerian construction industry. Further research to identify the PSCs in depth, in the Eastern part of Nigeria is necessary.

Practical implications

The PSCs influencing tradespeople’s productivity was identified. The level of the relative impact of the PSCs is expected to guide the project team in addressing the PSCs in a method that is cost effective.

Originality/value

This study is original research that has underlined some areas of improvement in construction project performance.

JournalBuilt Environment Project and Asset Management
Journal citation10 (1), pp. 94-109
ISSN2044-124X
Year2020
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-10-2018-0124
Publication dates
Online16 Oct 2019
Print05 Feb 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited05 May 2021
Copyright holder© 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited
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