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Title: Risk factors affecting practitioners' attitudes toward the implementation of an industrialized building system a case study from China
Authors: Luo, LZ
Mao, C
Shen, LY
Li, ZD
Keywords: Case study
Industrialized building system
Risk factor
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Engineering, construction and architectural management, 2015, v. 22, no. 6, p. 622-643 How to cite?
Journal: Engineering, construction and architectural management 
Abstract: Purpose: An industrialized building system (IBS) is regarded as an effective residential building system that provides several benefits, including high quality, low cost, short time, good flexibility, reduced waste, and strong environmental performance. This system is considered to be valuable in promoting sustainable practices in China, where plans for urbanization have been established. However, the adoption of IBS in China is extremely limited. Potential risks exist and affect the attitudes of practitioners toward the use of this system. The purpose of this paper is to prioritize and analyze these risks and to develop corresponding strategies for mitigating these risks in China. Design/methodology/approach: In total, 24 risks that inhibit the implementation of IBS in China are identified through literature review and examined through interviews for consistency. A questionnaire survey is conducted to quantify the significance of these risks. Cronbach's coefficient α is employed to measure the internal consistency among the risk factors. The survey results are further analyzed using three case studies. Findings: The top five risks identified are "poor cooperation between multi-interface," "inappropriate design codes and standards for industrialized buildings," "lack of management practices and experiences," "enormous difficulty in achieving return on high initial investment," and "lack of a quality monitoring mechanism for the production process." The findings emphasize the government's leading role in promoting the new building system in its introduction and enforcement of adequate policies and regulations. Practitioners are also instrumental in establishing proper understanding and knowledge of IBS and its application. Originality/value: This study bridges the knowledge gaps on risk identification for implementing IBS in China. The findings provide practitioners and decision makers with valuable references for adopting adequate risk management methods and policies to promote IBS in China.
ISSN: 0969-9988
EISSN: 1365-232X
DOI: 10.1108/ECAM-04-2014-0048
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