Perception of barriers to implementing risk assessment and management practices by construction professionals in Tanzania

Nicholas Chileshe, Geraldine John Kikwasi

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Abstract

The performance of construction projects is often affected by the inherent risks existing within the internal and external environments. Risk management and assessment practices (RAMP) can be used to identify these risks and propose appropriate strategies to mitigate them. This could lead to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), thereby, enabling construction organisations to remain competitive. The implementation of RAMP is usually fraught with barriers despite the extensive research on barriers affecting the implementation of RAMP. There is a paucity of empirical studies that examine these barriers for the deployment of RAMP in developing countries, particularly Africa. In an attempt to fill this knowledge gap, a questionnaire survey was used to investigate the perception of construction professionals' on the barriers to RAMP in Tanzania. Data was collected using a sample survey of 67 construction professionals drawn from 27 consultants, 24 contractors and 16 client organizations within the Tanzanian construction industry. Response data was subjected to descriptive statistics and subsequently ranking analysis were used to examine the barriers affecting the implementation of RAMP. The results indicated the following barriers as most significant: (i) awareness of risk management processes; (ii) lack of experience; (iii)" and lack of information. In contrast, "cost implementations" and "time constraints" were ranked lowly. Despite the disparity in the ranking of the 7 barriers, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicates that, the differences were not statistically significant. The identified barriers could be used as a 'road map' for the development of appropriate solutions for the successful implementation of RAMP, and to improve the decision making processes of construction organisations. In addition, knowledge and understanding of risk management process would contribute in identifying and managing inherent risk effectively. The effect would lead to the achievement of project objectives in terms of time, cost and quality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013
EditorsS.D. Smith, D.D. Ahiaga-Dagbui
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Pages1137-1146
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780955239076
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013 - Reading, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sept 20134 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013

Conference

Conference29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityReading
Period2/09/134/09/13

Keywords

  • Barrier
  • Construction industry
  • Questionnaire survey
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Tanzania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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