Contemporary Issues in Construction in Developing Countries
Edited by George Ofori
Routledge – 2012 – 494 pages
Economic growth and socio-economic development are particuliarly important for developing countries, and the construction industry plays a central role in driving both of these.
Traditionally the issues faced have been assumed to be merely offshoots of those encountered in industrialised nations and are usually discussed only in this context. In addition, research in construction management and economics has generally failed to take proper account of the unique or highly emphasised characteristics of the industries in developing countries, or their economic and social environment. This volume challenges underlying assumptions and focuses on the distinct characteristics of construction in developing countries. In so doing it considers the issues from the perspective of the developing countries themselves to present a strong contemporary picture for researchers.
It forms a companion volume to New Perspectives on Construction in Developing Countries which provides an update on the generic subjects relating to the construction industry in developing countries, and covers new concepts and issues.
"One can conclude that this study provides an interesting introduction to a large number of issues relevant in the field of CME in developing countries for researchers in this field." – Construction Management and Economics
1. Reflections on the great divide: Strategic review of the book (George Ofori) PART I: INDUSTRY PRACTICES 2. Public-private partnerships for major infrastructure projects in developing countries (Asanga Gunawansa) 3. Promoting social opportunities in the procurement of construction projects (John Hawkins) 4. Transparency in construction (George Ofori) PART II: INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE ON PROJECTS 5. Information technology and construction firms in developing countries (Koshy Varghese) 6. Safety and health in construction in developing countries: the humanitarian paradox (Richard Neale and Joanna Waters) PART III: STRATEGIES 7. Sub-contracting and joint venturing in construction in developing countries (Abdul-Rashid Abdul-Aziz and Izyan Yahaya) 8. Risks, opportunities and strategies in international construction: a case study of China (Patrick Zou and Fang Dongping) 9. Leadership and its development in construction industries in developing countries (Shamas-ur-Rehman Toor and Stephen Ogunlana) PART IV: RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMES 10. Sustainable low-cost housing in developing countries: the role of stakeholders ‘after’ the project (Gonzalo Lizarralde) 11. Post-war reconstruction and civil society (Sarah Dix) PART V: PROJECT MANAGEMENT 12. Construction project performance in developing countries (P.D. Rwelamila) 13. Project risks faced in international construction projects in developing countries: case study of Vietnam (Florence Ling Yean Yng and Vivian To Phuong Hoang) 14. A protocol for lean construction in developing countries (Subashini Suresh, Abubakar M. Bashir and Paul O. Olomolaiye) PART VI: INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT 15. Green jobs in construction (Edmundo Werna) 16. Case studies of technology development and innovation in developing countries (Emilia van Egmond)
George Ofori is Professor and former head of the Department of Building at the National University of Singapore. Until recently he was coordinator of the "Construction in Developing Countries" Working Group of CIB (the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction)