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Construction Project Change Management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Status, Causes, and Impacts

Department of Architecture Engineering, Daegu University, Gyeongsan 38453, Korea
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Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9766; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229766
Received: 29 October 2020 / Revised: 20 November 2020 / Accepted: 20 November 2020 / Published: 23 November 2020
Changes in construction projects are very frequent and are expected to occur at any stage of the project. These changes modify the original scope of work and affect the project in various aspects. To minimize these effects, there is a need to implement a systematic change management system during the construction process. This study aimed to investigate the current situation of change management implementation, identify the main causes of change management, and assess their impacts in the Congolese construction industry. A comprehensive literature review was conducted for a thorough understanding of change management, and a structured survey was conducted. The collected survey data were analyzed using the relative importance index (RII), and Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) methods. The results conclude that the change management implementation situation in the Congolese construction industry is significantly high, and the project cost and the project type play a major role in the implementation of change management in the construction projects. The study further revealed that the main causes of changes were the project, contractor, materials, equipment, and other causes. These changes impact the project significantly in terms of organization, owner and contractor, project, materials, and equipment. View Full-Text
Keywords: Congolese construction industry; construction change management; implementation of change; causes of change; impacts of change Congolese construction industry; construction change management; implementation of change; causes of change; impacts of change
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Bitamba, B.F.; An, S.-H. Construction Project Change Management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Status, Causes, and Impacts. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9766. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229766

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Bitamba BF, An S-H. Construction Project Change Management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Status, Causes, and Impacts. Sustainability. 2020; 12(22):9766. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229766

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Bitamba, Bauma F., and Sung-Hoon An. 2020. "Construction Project Change Management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Status, Causes, and Impacts" Sustainability 12, no. 22: 9766. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229766

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