Schedule Overruns of Construction Projects between Government and Donor Funded Projects in MMDAs in Ghana: A Case Study of Bekwai Municipal Assembly

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September, 2015
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The research work seeks explore the key causal element which end up in schedule overruns of projects in construction between Government of Ghana (GoG) and Donor funded projects in Ghana. The major stakeholders who participated in survey include; the client, consultants, and contractors. From the literature forty three (43) potential causes were identified to have been the possible causes during the implementation of projects in the Bekwai Municipality. The factors which cause the delays were then ranked and prioritized to ascertain which the major causes were. The questionnaire were also administered to the target population to bring to fore the predominant causes of delays. The case study included respondents (43); 22 were contractors, 15 of them from the client end and 6 consultants. The study also took into cognizance relative importance of the various causes, the impact the delay factors and it also looked at some innovative ways of dealing with those delays. The relative importance index were calculated and ranked to ascertain which the most dominant factor(s) were. The overall results of the study pointed out fifteen (15) most severe and important schedule overrun factors. Which were grouped under three (3) broad category; National Economic Factors, Managerial Factors and finally Enterprise Environmental Factors. Generally, most respondents settled on National Economic Factors were ranked highest in contributing to schedule overruns of construction projects in Ghana. Some of the underlining National Economic Factors were the issues of inflation, financial difficulties of client, delay in payment of certificates of works and fluctuation in prices. Managerial factors and Enterprise Environment Factors were second and third respectively.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment, in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of MSc. Construction Management, 2015