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Can we really measure construction productivity?

Toong-Khuan Chan, Shang Gao

Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management | Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Leeds Sustainability Institute, School of the Built Environment and Engineering, Leeds Beckett University | Published : 2019

Abstract

Recent studies have highlighted that productivity growth for the construction industry have remained stubbornly low or have declined over the last two decades in many developed countries. This observation does not match the advances in materials, project management, procurement, information technology, and increasing specialisation or broadglobalised operations that has characterised these modern construction companies. While recent projects are built under more onerous regulatory, health and safety, environmental and quality expectations, these changes are often not considered when productivity measures are calculated. This study critically reviews both the economic and physical measures..

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