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Title: Triggers of Disputes within the Ghanaian Construction Industry
Authors: Badu, E.
Fugar, F.D.K.
Assah-Kissiedu, M.
Keywords: Ghana
Disputes
Construction industry
Issue Date: 18-Jul-2010
Publisher: Proceedings 5th Built Environment Conference Triggers of Disputes Within the Ghanaian Construction Industry
Citation: Proceedings 5th Built Environment Conference Triggers of Disputes Within the Ghanaian Construction Industry 18-20 July 2010 Durban, South Africa ISBN: 978-0-620-46703-2
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the factors that cause disputes within the Ghanaian construction industry and their relative importance from the perspectives of clients, consultants and contractors and to recommend possible ways of preventing or reducing them. To achieve the study objectives, a comprehensive literature search and interviews of the main stakeholders in the Ghanaian construction industry were conducted to identify the factors that cause or have the potential of causing disputes within the construction industry. A questionnaire was subsequently designed to collect information from clients, contractors and consultants on the relative importance of these factors in causing disputes in the Ghanaian construction industry. The field survey conducted included 20 clients, 27 contractors and 57 consultants. The results suggest that the ten most important triggers of construction disputes in the Ghanaian construction industry from the collective view point of the three categories of respondents were: (1) poor financial arrangements by clients leading to late payments; (2) failure of the client to honour payments as and when due; (3) unclear and incomplete description of items in the bills of quantities; (4) ineffective communication between the parties on the project; (5) contractor’s failure to read the contract documents; (6) design and specification oversights; (7) award of contractors to incapable contractors; (8) contractors’ failure to price properly for the works; (8) disruptions and delays by the contractor that Proceedings 5th Built Environment Conference 18-20 July 2010 Triggers of Disputes Within the Ghanaian Construction Durban, South Africa Industry ISBN: 978-0-620-46703-2 18 create deviation from initial programme of works; and (10) Government policy which encourages low evaluated tenders followed by claims. The survey was done on samples from two regions of the Ghana. An expanded sample covering the other eight regions would have generated an increased understanding of the nature disputes in Ghana. The study increases the awareness of stakeholders of the causes of construction disputes and provides concepts that contribute to minimising the factors that trigger them.
Description: This Article was published Proceedings 5th Built Environment Conference Triggers of Disputes Within the Ghanaian Construction Industry
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9551
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