Delays in construction projects: The case of Jordan

G. Sweis, R. Sweis, A. Abu Hammad, A. Shboul

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The construction industry is a major player in the economy, generating both, employment and wealth. However many projects experience extensive delays and thereby exceed initial time and cost estimates. A host of causes of construction delays in residential projects were identified and classified according to Drewin's Open Conversion System. The most common causes were evaluated by using both, the data collected in a survey conducted to residential projects consultant engineers, contractors, and owners, and interviews with senior professionals in the field. Most correspondents agreed that, financial difficulties faced by the contractor and too many change orders by the owner are the leading causes of construction delay. Severe weather conditions and changes in government regulations and laws ranked among the least important causes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-674
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction delays
  • Jordanian construction industry
  • Residential construction projects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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