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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 784;

Integrating Sustainability into Construction Engineering Projects: Perspective of Sustainable Project Planning

Faculty of Management and Economics, Dalian University of Technology, No. 2 Linggong Road, Ganjingzi District, Dalian 116023, China
Graduate School of Commerce, Waseda University, 1-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan
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Received: 5 January 2018 / Revised: 28 February 2018 / Accepted: 5 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Project Management and Sustainable Development)
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With the balanced requirement of environmental, economic and social objectives in projects intensifying, the need for integrating sustainability with project management has drawn attention in both academia and practice. Especially for large complex construction engineering projects, how to achieve sustainability-related objectives in project practices has been endowed with an irreplaceable significance. This study explores the use of project planning practices for integrating sustainability into project management practices of construction engineering projects. Sustainable project planning, as the main instrument of sustainable project management, was put forward and measured to help project managers and practitioners understand what it is and how to carry it out in construction engineering projects. Qualitative methods based on content analysis of interview data of project managers from construction engineering projects, as well as quantitative method on account of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of statistical data, were used to define and assess the construct of sustainable project planning (SPP). Results indicate that SPP as a project planning practice combine the principles of sustainability should consist of three dimensions—managerial control, risk response, and work consensus—to guarantee sustainable construction and predict project success of construction engineering projects. This study shed light on academics and practices concerning the sustainable management of project planning activities and the achievement of sustainable-related objectives in construction engineering projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable project planning; sustainability; project management; construction engineering project sustainable project planning; sustainability; project management; construction engineering project

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Yu, M.; Zhu, F.; Yang, X.; Wang, L.; Sun, X. Integrating Sustainability into Construction Engineering Projects: Perspective of Sustainable Project Planning. Sustainability 2018, 10, 784.

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