SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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UNINTENDED NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF CLIENT PROJECT COST CONTROLS: A SYSTEM DYNAMICS APPROACH
Alfred Mutizwa Chitongo, Leon Pretorius

Last modified: 2018-10-17

Abstract


Project controls have been defined in extant literature as managerial decisions and actions aimed at rectifying poor project performance. Understanding potential unintended negative effects of such controls will be beneficial to project management practice and the resulting project performance. This paper investigates, using the System Dynamics approach, some unintended negative effects of client project cost controls. Empirical data from a raw-water infrastructure project are used to calibrate the formulated System Dynamics simulation model. Simulation results suggest that the client project cost controls (aimed at minimising project cost), unintendedly, generate some counteractive effect (an increase in the project cost and time schedule duration).