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Determinants of construction project success

By repeating established project management practices, project managers working in the construction industry can more effectively realize projects that meet the owner's expected cost, schedule, quality, and safety requirements. Proof of this is reported in this paper, which discusses a 1986 study on construction project success and its repeatability. It identifies the six practices that the study identified as affecting project outcome and lists the six factors that most frequently define project success. It also details the study's methodology, lists the five project areas studied (management, organization, and communication; scope and planning; controls; environmental, economic, political, and social; technical), and identifies the research project's three objectives. It then analyzes the study's findings and identifies the factors and criteria that most significantly enable construction project managers to replicate successful outcomes.
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