Evaluating different stakeholder impacts on the occurrence of quality defects in offsite construction projects: A Bayesian-network-based model

Tao Yu, Qingpeng Man, Yaowu Wang, Geoffrey Qiping Shen, Jingke Hong, Jiasheng Zhang, Jia Zhong

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Offsite construction has been identified as an effective approach for enhancing the sustainability of the construction industry. However, due to the fragmented production processes of offsite construction, quality defect control has become a significant challenge in the promotion of offsite construction projects. Offsite construction projects involve multiple interdependent stakeholders in close collaboration. These stakeholders play various roles in quality management and have different degrees of impact on the occurrence of quality defects. To enhance quality defect management in offsite construction projects, it is important to evaluate the different stakeholder impacts on the occurrence of quality defect. Through impact evaluations, critical stakeholders can be identified and their responsibilities clarified with respect to project quality, thereby motivating these key stakeholders to improve their quality defect control. In this study, we developed an evaluation model using the Bayesian network approach to measure stakeholder impacts on defect occurrence in offsite construction projects. Quality defects and stakeholder-related factors that might incur defects were modeled as a Bayesian network and the dependencies among network nodes examined. Then, the stakeholder impacts on the occurrence of quality defects were evaluated using Bayesian analysis. Finally, this Bayesian-network-based evaluation model was applied to a real project in Shenzhen, China. The results indicate that use of precast components with quality defects, misoperations by construction workers, and ineffective quality inspection and testing during onsite assembly and construction were the major factors affecting quality defect control. Additionally, in this case study, we found the contractor to have the highest level of impact on the occurrence of quality defects. This study contributes to the fields of stakeholder impact evaluation and quality defect analysis, and links defect management with key project stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118390
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2019


  • Bayesian network
  • Offsite construction project
  • Quality defect
  • Stakeholder impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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