Financial distress and highway infrastructure delays

Edwards, D.J. and Owusu-Manu, D. and Baiden, Bernard and Badu, E. and Love, P.E.D. (2017) Financial distress and highway infrastructure delays. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 15 (1). pp. 118-132. ISSN 1726-0531

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Abstract

Purpose
In developing countries, delays in highway infrastructure projects caused by financial distress-related factors threaten the construction industry’s capacity to contribute optimally to economic development. Against this backdrop, this paper aims to determine factors contributing to financial distress and develops a conceptual framework to illustrate the relationship between financial distress and project delay.

Design/methodology/approach
A questionnaire survey collected data on factors that contributed to financial distress and delays in highway infrastructure delivery. In total, 78 responses were obtained, and factor analysis revealed that factors associated with payment, project financing, cash flow, economic issues, project planning and cost control influenced project delays.

Findings
The research identifies the importance of efficient public and private policies to engender financial sustainability among construction firms in developing countries.

Originality/value
This work presents the first research of its kind and strives to engender wider academic debate and renewed economic development in some of the world’s most impoverished nations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ghana, Infrastructure, Delays, Financial distress, Road construction
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Integrated Design Construction
UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: $ Ian McDonald
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 12:12
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 09:36
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4033

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