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Exploring Critical Success Factors for Managing Sustainability in Construction Projects
Critical success factors for sustainable construction: a literature review | Emerald Insight
Which factors associated with better and worse World Bank project outcomes have garnered the most consensus among researchers? Use the tool created for this review to explore these factors. There are so many critical factors and variables that might have a positive, negative, or neutral association with project performance; and not everyone agrees on which factors matter most. In the recent annual review of Results and Performance of the World Bank Group RAP17 , we conducted a structured literature review to find out which factors associated with better and worse project outcomes have garnered the most consensus among researchers. Starting with sources, we narrowed the list down to 32 studies that included an empirical analysis of World Bank project outcomes and were published either by the World Bank or a peer-reviewed journal. There was considerable variation in the methodologies of the studies included, and while this has advantages in maximizing the kinds of factors that can be captured in this review, it also reduces the validity of comparing across studies. As such, we do not make any claims about the relative importance of any individual factors.
Critical Success Factors
As a major participant of the construction industry, small contractors have been increasingly involved in green building construction projects in recent years. However, existing literature indicates that little research has been done to investigate the critical success factors for small contractors to conduct green building construction projects. As a result, this study aims to fill up the gap by identifying the most critical success factors of small contractors and comparing them against large contractors. To achieve these goals, a comprehensive literature review and pilot interviews with experienced industry experts were conducted first, followed by a questionnaire survey administered to 30 small contractors from the construction industry of Singapore. Non-parametric statistical tests were used to analyze the data.
Sustainability is one of the popularly emerging principles in project management and is rapidly becoming a critical success factor as considered by some businesses. However, there are also a number of other critical success factors in project success which include time, money, and the involvement and skills of employees and management. Contrarily, some businesses still view it as a fourth constraint in project management against time, scope, and money. However, while all companies may not be duly aware of how to implement such processes, knowledge transfer may be an important consideration in the further implementation of sustainability principles.