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Project risk response success: An empirical study on project risk response success factors in the construction industry of Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Risk is everywhere and it is something which we face in everyday life. Same is the case with projects. Projects are complex and risks are inherent in projects. It is not unusual for unexpected events to occur and for uncertainty to emerge in projects. These events contribute to project riskswhich require to be dealt with so that projects could continue to run effectively. The need for good project risk management is therefore especially important as it could determine the successof the project or otherwise. However, research on the factors that make project risk response successful has been neglected. Contemporary researchers focused on risk management phases other than risk response. Our main focus in this paper is to indicate determinants of project risk response success and their relative importance in the construction industry of Sweden. The construction industry is considered as construction projects are not only important but they identify tangibly with the physical outputs of projects and exemplify the uncertainty and risks that are present in this type of projects. Sweden is chosen as the context of our study owing to the immense contributions of the construction sector towards the country’s growth and GDP. On thebasis of extensive literature review, we have come up with the determinants for project risk response success and developed a proposed conceptual model.

A quantitative study is undertaken with the administration of questionnaires. The empirical data is gathered from project managers in the construction industry of Sweden for this purpose. Project managers are selected as respondents as they would be the ones controlling and managing projects, along with responding to the various risks subjected to in projects. Hypotheses have been generated for this research and the results are analyzed to determine if these hypotheses are to be accepted or rejected. For data analysis, SPSS is used. The results are drawn by the use of statistical tools like ANOVA, correlation and t-tests. These outcomes will lead to the conclusion of our study as to what the factors are that determine project risk response success and their relative importance. A revised conceptual model is finally developed to address the findings of our research. This research found a set of seven success factors which can be used as a guideline for project risk response success. These factors are (1) Team competency and skills, (2) Effective communication, (3) Active leadership, (4) Negotiation and coordination, (5)Hierarchical structure, (6) Behaviour and (7) Empowerment. These determinants of project risk response success can be generalized to the construction industry in Sweden.

Keywords: project risk, project risk management, uncertainty, unexpected events, risk response, construction industry.

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2011. , 115 p.
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project risk, project risk management, uncertainty, unexpected events, risk response, construction industry
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-52004DiVA: diva2:492322
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2011-12-02, 18:24 (English)
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-07 Last updated: 2012-02-08Bibliographically approved

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