Factors affecting the success of a construction project

Ping Chuen Chan, David Scott, Ada P.L. Chan

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Different researchers have tried to determine the factors for a successful project for a long time. Lists of variables have been abounded in the literature, however, no general agreement can be made. The aim of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework on critical success factors (CSFs). Seven major journals in the construction field are chosen to review the previous works on project success. Five major groups of independent variables, namely project-related factors, project procedures, project management actions, human-related factors, and external environment are identified as crucial to project success. Further study on the key performance indicators (KPIs) is needed to identify the causal relationships between CSFs and KPIs. The causal relationships, once identified, will be a useful piece of information to implement a project successfully.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-155
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Bibliographies
  • Construction industry
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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