Causes of delays in the construction phase of Chinese building projects Academic Article uri icon


  • PurposeDelays during construction are one of the common scenarios in the construction industry. The purpose of this paper is to identify the primary causes of delays in the construction phase of building construction projects in China.Design/methodology/approachQuestionnaire survey approach was adopted across the four typical cities in China, namely, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen. In total, 115 sets of valid responded questionnaires were collected and analyzed.FindingsThe results show that the causes of variations, delays in progress payments, exceptionally low bids and subcontractors poor performance and communication issues were the most important causes of delays in China.Originality/valueThis research is the first questionnaire survey on the causes of delays in the construction phase of building construction projects in China. The comparative analysis shows two unique causes of delays in the Chinese construction industry, such as difficulty in claiming indemnity and unreasonable upfront capital demanded by client. It also reveals different ranked causes of delays as per distinguished political and economic situations in China. The research findings can be referred by construction projects in other countries that are funded or partnered with China.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, T., Ford, D. N., Chong, H., & Zhang, W.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Ting-Kwei||Ford, David N||Chong, Heap-Yih||Zhang, Wei

publication date

  • December 2018