Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21909
Title: Measuring complexity for building projects : a Delphi study
Authors: Xia, B
Chan, APC 
Keywords: Buildings
China
Complexity
Delphi method
Measurement
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Engineering, construction and architectural management, 2012, v. 19, no. 1, p. 7-24 How to cite?
Journal: Engineering, construction and architectural management 
Abstract: Purpose - The aim of this study is to identify complexity measures for building projects in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Design/methodology/ approach - A three-round of Delphi questionnaire survey was conducted to identify the key parameters that measure the degree of project complexity. A complexity index (CI) was developed based on the identified measures and their relative importance.
Findings - Six key measures of project complexity have been identified, namely: building structure amp; function; construction method; the urgency of the project schedule; project size/scale; geological condition; and neighboring environment. Practical implications - These complexity measures help stakeholders assess degrees of project complexity and better manage the potential risks that might be induced to different levels of project complexity.
Originality/value - The findings provide insightful perspectives to define and understand project complexity. For stakeholders, understanding and addressing the complexity help to improve project planning and implementation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21909
ISSN: 0969-9988
EISSN: 1365-232X
DOI: 10.1108/09699981211192544
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