Critical success factors for implementation of risk assessment and management practices within the Tanzanian construction industry

Nicholas Chileshe, Geraldine John Kikwasi

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Purpose - Despite the extensive research on critical success factors (CSFs), there is a paucity of studies that examine CSFs for the deployment of risk assessment and management processes in developing countries, particularly, Africa. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the perception of construction professionals on CSFs appertaining to the deployment of risk assessment and management practices (RAMP) in Tanzania with the aim of filling the knowledge gap. Design/methodology/approach - The primary data were collected from 67 construction professionals working with clients (private and public), consultants, and contractor organisations (foreign and local) within the Tanzanian construction. Response data was subjected to descriptive and inferential statistics with one-way analysis of variance to examine the differences in the perception of the identified CSFs. Findings - The descriptive and empirical analysis demonstrated a disparity of the ranking of the ten CSFs among the groups; however, the differences were not significant. Based on the overall sample, the results of the mean score ranking indicate that "awareness of risk management processes"; "team work and communications"; and "management style" were the three highly ranked CSFs whereas "co-operative culture"; "customer requirement"; and "positive human dynamics" were considered to be the least important. Research limitations/implications - The study did not differentiate the perceptions of the CSFs according to the ownership (local or foreign), and the sample consisted of organisations in one industry operating in Tanzania. Consequently, the findings may not generalise to other industries or to organisations operating in other countries. Practical implications - For RAMP to be implemented effectively, Tanzanian constructional-related organisations should consider the identified CSFs as a vehicle for improving project success through reduction of risk uncertainty. Furthermore, regardless of the type of organisation, "management style", "team work and communication" are necessary for the successful deployment of RAMP. Originality/value - This study makes a contribution to the body of knowledge on the subject within a previously unexplored context. The study provides insights on the drivers and enablers (CSFs) of risk assessment implementation across the Tanzania construction sector.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17109621
Pages (from-to)291-319
Number of pages29
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction industry
  • Critical success factors
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Tanzania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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