Factors influencing the selection of delay analysis methods in construction projects in UAE

Yazeed Abdelhadi, Mohammed Fadhil Dulaimi, Arun Bajracharya*

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Several delay analysis methods (DAMs) have been developed and used in the construction industry in order to analyse the causes and effects of delay events. In this research, a number of commonly used DAMs, in the specific context of UAE, are investigated by exploring the factors influencing their selection decisions as well as the process of making such a decision. A total of eight expert respondents from five different projects in the UAE were selected who provided critical insight into the decision-making process adopted in practice to select a DAM. The individual project case analysis as well as the cross case analysis helped to identify a number of factors that influence the selection of DAMs in UAE projects. Some of the main identified factors were the attitude of the client, experience of the delay analyst, reputation and impartiality of the delay analyst, complexity of the project, and cost and timing of performing the analysis. The research argues that such an important decision process that can have a serious impact on the success of a commercial venture requires individual organizations to develop and adopt clear guidelines on how such decisions are made to protect its commercial interests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
Early online date17 Feb 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Feb 2018


  • construction projects
  • Delay analysis methods
  • qualitative data
  • selection of DAMs
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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