Critical stressors influencing construction estimators in Hong Kong

Leung, Mei-Yung, Ng, S. Thomas, & Skitmore, Martin (2005) Critical stressors influencing construction estimators in Hong Kong. Construction Management and Economics, 23(1), pp. 33-43.

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Prediction of probable final construction cost is the predominant task of cost estimators. While majority of construction projects are procured under a fixed price nature, any errors in cost prediction could undermine the project success and ultimately reduce the profit margin. Cost estimation not only relies on a precise analysis of available data but also involves the use of subjective judgement especially in the absence of perfect data. Producing accurate cost estimation within an unrealistically short tendering period has exerted a great deal of stress on estimators. In fact, it is well known that cost estimation is a very stressful business. This paper identifies the main causes of the stress endured by cost estimators by a survey of construction cost estimators in Hong Kong. Using correlation analysis, regression analysis and structural equation modelling, the relationships amongst the stressors (stress factors) and stress are examined and a causal structural model is developed. The results indicate work overload, role conflict, job ambiguity, and working environment to be the critical stressors involved, with work underload and distrust being the stressors being indirectly influencing factors.

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ID Code: 3301
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cost estimators, stress, stressor, personal, task, physical
DOI: 10.1080/01446190410001678099
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Construction Management and Economics 23(1):pp. 33-43.
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:38

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