Measuring complexity for building projects : a Delphi study

Xia, Bo & Chan, Albert (2011) Measuring complexity for building projects : a Delphi study. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19(1), pp. 7-24.

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Purpose---The aim of this study is to identify complexity measures for building projects in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Design/Methodology/Approach---A three-round of Delphi questionnaire survey was conducted to identify the key parameters that measure the degree of project complexity. A complexity index (CI) was developed based on the identified measures and their relative importance.

Findings---Six key measures of project complexity have been identified, which include, namely (1) building structure & function; (2) construction method; (3) the urgency of the project schedule; (4) project size/scale; (5) geological condition; and (6) neighboring environment.

Practical implications---These complexity measures help stakeholders assess degrees of project complexity and better manage the potential risks that might be induced to different levels of project complexity.

Originality/Value---The findings provide insightful perspectives to define and understand project complexity. For stakeholders, understanding and addressing the complexity help to improve project planning and implementation.

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ID Code: 48623
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Buildings, Complexity, measurement, Delphi method, China
DOI: 10.1108/09699981211192544
ISSN: 0969-9988
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Emerald Group Publishing
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2012 23:15
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 22:26

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