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|Title: ||A study on benchmarking the productivity level of the building construction industry of Hong Kong|
|Other Titles: ||Guan yu li ding Xianggang jian zao ye ji zhun sheng chan li shui ping de yan jiu|
|Authors: ||Chan, Kwok Keung (陳國强)|
|Department: ||Department of Building and Construction|
|Degree: ||Master of Philosophy|
|Issue Date: ||2006|
|Publisher: ||City University of Hong Kong|
|Subjects: ||Construction industry -- China -- Hong Kong.|
Industrial productivity -- China -- Hong Kong.
Benchmarking (Management) -- China -- Hong Kong.
|Notes: ||CityU Call Number: HD9715.C63 H664 2006|
x, 179 leaves : ill. 30 cm.
Thesis (M.Phil.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2006.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 158-166)
|Abstract: ||The report of the Construction Industry Review Committee (CIRC) suggested that
construction costs in Hong Kong are relatively high and the industry must improve its
efficiency and productivity substantially to stay competitive". Related to the study of
CIRC are two benchmarking studies conducted by Levett and Bailey (L&B) in 2000
and Davis Langdon and Seah (DLS) in 2002. Both studies confirmed that the
construction costs in Hong Kong were higher than other major cities in the World. Yet,
the work of both L&B and DLS was conducted on a broad brush basis. Therefore, their
observation must be superficial by nature; it can neither confirm that on equal basis
construction in Hong Kong is really more expensive nor identify the underlying reasons
for the scenarios depicted from their observation.
To investigate into the subject, in this research, studies were conducted on the following
a) Two forums of construction practitioners were organised to identify contributing
factors which may affect construction costs and productivity.
b) A questionnaire survey adopting the Delphi Method was administered to identify the
implications of each individual contributing factor on construction costs and
c) A comparison of the construction costs, including labour, material and overall
project costs, as recorded by well recognized publications.
d) Construction project costs, with breakdown to elemental costs level, of various
projects selected from Hong Kong, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore and Shekou
e) A labour head-count of three projects selected from Hong Kong and two projects
selected from the Mainland China was conducted to identify the labour productivity
The findings of the above studies do not support that on equal basis building
construction in Hong Kong was more expensive and construction productivity was
lower in the predominant period of the study. The phenomenon of apparently high
construction costs and low construction productivity can be explained by factors which
are largely beyond the control of the local contractors and material suppliers.
The research project demonstrates that benchmarking of construction productivity levels
across-economy can be made through the use of an integrated approach of sample
comparisons - based on data contained in project documents from different places.
Recommendations on the mechanism considered as suitable for implementing the
integrated approach for benchmarking construction productivity level internationally are
made; and recommendations on further studies in the subject are given.|
|Online Catalog Link: ||http://lib.cityu.edu.hk/record=b3947931|
|Appears in Collections:||BC - Master of Philosophy |
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