Assessment of Strategies for Practices of Quality Management in Construction Projects. A Review of the Knowledge for Practice
Patrick Kanini Ngata1, Githae Wanyona2, Anthony Kiplimo3
1Patrick Kanini Ngata, Student, M.Sc. Construction Project Management: Jomo Kenyatta, University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT). Juja, Kenya.
2Dr. Wanyona Githae B.A Bldg Econs (U.O.N), Msc. Engineering (Kyoto University, Japan), PhD (UCT), RSA, Juja, Kenya.
3Dr. Anthony Kiplimo Mutai, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Juja, Kenya.
Manuscript received on December 19, 2016 . | Revised Manuscript received on December 29, 2016 . | Manuscript published on January 05, 2016 . | PP: 13-21 | Volume-5 Issue-6, January 2016 . | Retrieval Number: F2766015616/2016©BEIESP
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Abstract: Strategic planning is a tool for organizing the present on the basis of the projections of the desired future. That is, a strategic plan is a road map to lead an organization from where it is now to where it would like to be in five or ten years in the future. In Kenya, there is failure in construction to achieve quality as seen in the frequent occurrence of building failure and collapsing (Mutoro, 2011). The aim of this study is to investigate the strategic factors that would enhance quality management implementation in the construction process. As the key to value creation, construction firms are deemed to treat quality as a strategic issue (Agbenyega, 2014). The main methods used in this journal is collection of data by survey, where questionnaires were distributed to 52 construction projects in progress within Kiambu County and then the data acquired was sorted using SPSS software. The writer approached the study using the positivist paradigm which enabled the researcher to make an objective analysis. This stance facilitated the researcher to use the quantitative research strategy and also questionnaire survey as the main data collection instrument for soliciting information from construction firms registered with the National Construction Authority and professionals registered with professional bodies recognised by the Kenyan government. The aim of the study was to describe strategic factors applied to quality management on construction projects.
Keywords: Quality, Strategies, Practices, Quality management.