Benchmarking the performance of design-build projects: Development of project success index

Edmond W.M. Lam, Ping Chuen Chan, Wai Ming Chan

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Purpose - The paper aims to develop a project success index (PSI) to benchmark the performance of design-build projects from a number of key performance indicators (KPIs). Design/methodology/approach - This research collected 92 responses from Design and Build (D&B) project participants of the Hong Kong construction industry via ordinary postal mail. In addition, a project success equation is formulated from the principal components analysis. Findings - D&B project participants suggests that time, cost, quality and functionality should be the principal success criteria for D&B projects. A single index can also be computed from the project success equation to apply different weightings to the respective KPI with different significance. Practical implications - The concept of success remains vague among project participants, which makes it difficult to assess whether the performance of a project is a success or failure. The development of PSI can quantify the success concept in a scientific manner. Originality/value - PSI indicates the success level of a construction project for benchmarking purposes. It also enables project stakeholders to measure the success of a D&B project and to compare the relative success level among different D&B projects in a scientific manner.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-638
Number of pages15
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2007


  • Benchmarking
  • Construction industry
  • Critical success factors
  • Hong Kong
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management


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