Analysis of non-excusable delay factors influencing contractors' performance in Lagos State, Nigeria

Olajide Timothy Ibironke, Timo Olugbenga Oladinrin, Onaopepo Adeniyi*, Idowu Victor Eboreime

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Delays are one of the biggest problems faced by construction firms. The objectives of this study are to identify non-excusable delay factors, their effects on project completion and means of minimising these delays. A questionnaire survey was conducted to solicit the causes, effects and methods of minimising delays with two groups of respondents: consultants and contractors. Data were collected and analysed using a weighted mean method. A total of 57 major factors that cause non-excusable delays were identified from the reviewed literature and were further classified into eight major groups. The findings of this study revealed 20 key factors that cause non-excusable delays. The resultant effects of non-excusable delays are time overrun, cost overrun and disputes, among others. Ensuring adequate financial sources, engaging competent project managers and making all necessary resources available are some of the most important means of minimising non-excusable delays. Since non-excusable delays are specific to contractors, this study concludes that contractors should review their activities so that construction work will not be delayed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-72
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Construction in Developing Countries
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


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