2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference
Mrs. Elnaz Safapour, University of Texas at Arlington
Ms. Thahomina Jahan Nipa, University of Texas at Arlington
Ms. Shirin Kamalirad, University of Texas at Arlington
Most construction projects are subject to disagreements between the primary stakeholders (owners, engineers/designers, and contractors) which, if not addressed and resolved in a timely manner, become very time-consuming and costly. Although these conflicts and disagreements have the potential to adversely affect project schedule performance and success, their undesired consequences have been rarely studied. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the impact of internal and external conflicts of the primary stakeholders on Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) schedule performance. To achieve these objectives, potential conflict scenarios were initially defined. Then, 30 completed case study projects were collected and analyzed. The results reveal that the conflicts within the contractor entity have seriously affect design and procurement schedule performance. This study provides guidance to project decision-makers, helping them plan proactively how to avoid and/or mitigate conflicts at the early stages of construction projects’ lifecycle.