Title: Causes of delay in construction projects in Oman

Authors: Tariq Umar

Addresses: School of Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, SE1 0AA, UK; College of Engineering, A'Sharqiyah University, Ibra, 400, Oman

Abstract: Construction projects are full of risk and uncertainties and delays can have negative economic consequences and can create bad image for all the parties involved in the project. Delays in construction projects have several causes associated with owner, consultant and contractors. This paper aims to explore the causes of delays in construction projects in Oman. The causes of delays in construction projects are firstly discussed with a review of different published literature. The results of interviews with experienced construction professional working with client, consultant and contractor are reported. Results reveal that contractual issues, workforce, materials, coordination between construction parties, and external factors are the main factors which cause delay to construction projects in Oman. This research work is exploratory in nature and provides basic causes of delays in construction project in general. Further research is recommended to explore project's specific causes of delay in construction in Oman.

Keywords: project management; contracting; planning and scheduling; construction projects; qualitative method; semi-structured interview; contractor; consultant; client; causes of delay.

DOI: 10.1504/MEJM.2018.091132

Middle East Journal of Management, 2018 Vol.5 No.2, pp.121 - 136

Available online: 02 Apr 2018 *

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