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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Lombard, Francois Pierre
URN etd-03312010-113859
Document Title Managing the quality of engineering on large construction projects in the South African context
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Mr D Laxton Supervisor
Keywords
  • engineering management
Date 2007-04-08
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

This research focussed on improving the quality of construction in South Africa by exploring best practices for the quality management of engineering. The research was motivated by several international studies and local press reports pointing to a general lack of quality focus in the construction industry and that engineering is one of the major causes of quality problems in construction.

The research approach was to obtain expert opinion through a series of semistructured interviews on the best practices for managing the quality of engineering in the South African construction industry, comparing these practices to international best practices and determining if the experts believe fundamentally unique practices are required by the South African environment.

The findings of this research make a contribution to improving the quality of construction in South Africa by providing a number of best practices suggested by South African experts that are aligned with the international literature, providing a number of recommended international best practices, that local experts believe are appropriate to South Africa and finally by concluding that experts believe that, apart from special practices needed to address shortages of engineering skills, international practices, techniques, tools and systems are applicable in South Africa.

2006 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria

Please cite as follows:

Lombard, FP 2006, Managing the quality of engineering on large construction projects in the South African context, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-03312010-113859/ >

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