Premature Project Closure: The Part Played by Clients

O. Akinshipe, C. Aigbavboa, M. Madidimalo, W. D. Thwala

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All projects regardless of complexity, have a documented start and end date. However, some projects may close prematurely because predefined goals cannot be met within the defined schedule. Negligence by one a more project stakeholders can result in premature project closure. This study examines how clients contribute to premature project closure in construction projects within South Africa. The nature of the study is descriptive which was carried out through survey research. A Likert scale structured questionnaire was used to collect data from construction professionals within Gauteng Province of South Africa and retrieved data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results revealed that the major clients' actions that can lead to premature project closure include untimely allocation of resources and setting of unrealistic goals. It was therefore concluded that clients must ensure that projects are properly planned, and the predefined project design and timeline must be appropriately adhered to without much interference. This will reduce the risk of premature project closure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012028
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2019
Event1st International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructural Development, ICSID 2019 - Ota, Nigeria
Duration: 24 Jun 201928 Jun 2019


  • Construction clients
  • Construction projects
  • Premature project closure
  • Project failure
  • Project life cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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