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Title: System dynamics approach to exploring performance enhancement in a construction organization
Authors: Ogunlana, SO
Li, H 
Sukhera, FA
Keywords: Asia
Construction industry
Engineering firms
Pakistan
Performance
Project management
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of construction engineering and management, 2003, v. 129, no. 5, p. 528-536 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of construction engineering and management 
Abstract: Governments and firms in developing economies are concerned about ways to improve performance of local firms. A wealth of research has already discussed the reasons for decline in performance and suggested a number of possible improvement strategies. Among these documented strategies, there are many options for developing economies. The selection among these options, however, depends upon the unique organizational set-up and many other local factors. Moreover an implementation scenario of the selected options requires an experimentation period either by actually implementing the option as a policy or simulating the complete process in a model and thus creating a laboratory for learning. The former option is costly while the latter requires dynamic modeling of engineering processes integrated with the local influencing factors on overall performance. The latter approach is adopted in the present research using system dynamics techniques to model the problem. The effects of three strategic policies on the performance of a construction firm have been simulated. A case study is conducted to validate the utility of some selected policies for performance enhancement.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/25632
ISSN: 0733-9364
EISSN: 1943-7862
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2003)129:5(528)
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