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An analysis of construction productivity in Malaysia

Chia, Fah Choy, Skitmore, Martin, Runeson, Goran, & Bridge, Adrian (2012) An analysis of construction productivity in Malaysia. Construction Management and Economics, 30(12), pp. 1055-1069.

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Abstract

The construction industry is an industry of major strategic importance. Its level of productivity has a significant effect on national economic growth. Productivity indicators are examined. The indicators consist of labour productivity, capital productivity, labour competitiveness, capital intensity and added value content of data, which are obtained from the published census/biannual surveys of the construction industry between the years 1999 and 2011 from the Department of Statistics of Malaysia. The results indicated that there is an improvement in the labour productivity, but the value-added content is declining. The civil engineering and special trades subsectors are more productive than the residential and non-residential subsectors in terms of labour productivity because machine-for-labour substitution is a more important process in those subsectors. The capital-intensive characteristics of civil engineering and special trade works enable these subsectors to achieve higher added value per labour cost but not the capital productivity. The added value per labour cost is lower in larger organizations despite higher capital productivity. However, the capital intensity is lower and unit labour cost is higher in the larger organizations.

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ID Code: 54067
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Construction industry, Gross output, Malaysia, Productivity, Value added
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2012.711910
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Construction Management and Economics, 10/08/2012, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446193.2012.711910
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2012 15:37
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2013 22:50

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