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Organisational Factors Affecting the Productivity of Labour in Sri Lankan Building Construction Projects: Perspective of Engineers

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M. Kesavan ,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, LK
About M.

Lecturer (Probationary), Department of Construction Technology, Faculty of Technology

 

AMIE(SL), BSc Eng (Hons) (Peradeniya),
AMSSE(SL), GREENSL®AP

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P. B. G. Dissanayake,

University of Peradeniya, LK
About P. B. G.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

 

AMIE (SL), BSc Eng (Hons) (Peradeniya), PhD (Hong Kong), MIE (Aust)

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C. K. Pathirana,

University of Peradeniya, LK
About C. K.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

 

C.Eng, MIE (SL), BSc Eng (Peradeniya), MSc Eng (Peradeniya), PhD (Peradeniya),
MSSE (SL)

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M. M. D. R. Deegahawature,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, LK
About M. M. D. R.

Professor, Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Applied Sciences

 

BSc (Business Administration) (Jayewardenepura), MBA (Colombo), MBA (Technology Management) (AIT), PhD (Huazhong), MIM(SL)

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K. D. R. Silva

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, LK
About K. D. R.

Director, Centre for Quality Assurance

 

BSc (Agric) (Sri Lanka), PhD (UK), RNutr

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Abstract

Sources highlight the poor organisational practices of the construction industry in many developing countries that result in low productivity levels in labour operations. This study aimed to identify the critical factors related to the management/organisational practices that significantly influence the labour productivity in Sri Lankan building construction projects based on the perspectives of engineers. The study methodology encompassed both qualitative and quantitative approaches through a comprehensive literature review, a questionnaire survey and a series of industry consultative meetings. The study determined 31 critical factors, where salary delays, low salaries for labourers, lack of labour training facilities, poor labour management and lack of labour motivation were found in the top five rankings. Statistical tests ensured the validity and reliability of the results. Overall findings highlight the need for reinforcing the current organisational policies of construction firms related to financial processes, communication approaches, resource management and performance management practices to the new normal situations. The study outcomes may push the industry to reduce the gap between the management policies and labour operations. Though the study findings are limited to the Sri Lankan construction sector, some of them may also be tested in other developing countries in similar scenarios.

How to Cite: Kesavan, M., Dissanayake, P.B.G., Pathirana, C.K., Deegahawature, M.M.D.R. and Silva, K.D.R., 2022. Organisational Factors Affecting the Productivity of Labour in Sri Lankan Building Construction Projects: Perspective of Engineers. Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 55(3), pp.101–112. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/engineer.v55i3.7525
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Published on 08 Nov 2022.
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