Investigating the impact of project definition clarity on project performance: Structural equation modeling study

Xia, Bo, Xiong, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, Wu, Peng, & Hu, Fang (2015) Investigating the impact of project definition clarity on project performance: Structural equation modeling study. Journal of Management in Engineering, 32(1), Article Number-04015022.

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Abstract

Having a clear project definition is crucial for successful construction projects. It affects design quality, project communication between stakeholders and final project performance in terms of cost, schedule and quality. This study examines the relationship between project definition and final project performance through a structural equation model comprising 4 latent constructs and 6 path hypotheses using data from a questionnaire survey of 120 general contractors in the Malaysian construction industry. The results show that in the study population, all three items impact the project performance, but the link between design quality and project performance is indirect. Instead, the clarity of project definition affects project performance indirectly through design quality and project communication and design quality affects project performance indirectly through project communication. The primary contribution is to provide quantitative confirmation of the more general statements made in the literature from around the world and therefore adds to and consolidates existing knowledge. Practical implications derived from the finding are also proposed for various project stakeholders. Furthermore, as lack of the clarity of project definition is a very common occurrence in construction projects globally, these findings have important ramifications for all construction projects in expanding and clarifying existing knowledge on what is needed for the successful delivery of construction projects.

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ID Code: 84596
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: project definition, project performance, design quality, project communication, structural equation modeling, causation, Malaysia
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000386
ISSN: 1943-5479
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Science and Techniques (120202)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 00:06
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 20:27

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