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Adebisi, E, Alao O, Ojo S.  2020.  Assessment of early warning signs predisposing building projects to failure in Nigeria, 2020/01/27. ahead-of-print Abstract

PurposeThe continuous failure of construction projects notwithstanding appreciable increase in project management knowledge has necessitated a proactive approach of assessing early warning signs (EWS) of building projects failure. Building projects are expected to show warning signs before experiencing crises, comparable to a patient displaying symptoms of a disease. Thus, this study aims to examine the EWS that predisposed building projects to failure in Nigeria to provide empirical data for enhancing projects delivery.
Design/methodology/approach
Primary data were used for the study. Structured questionnaire was administered to consultants and contractors’ personnel within Lagos State, Nigeria. A total of 180 copies of questionnaire were administered and 134 copies (combined response rate of 74.44 per cent) were retrieved. Frequency distribution, percentages, mean item score and Mann–Whitney test were used to analyse the data.
Findings
Most construction professionals applied the EWS approach from project planning and early construction phase. The most significant EWS predisposing building projects to failure were “Management inability and incompetence to proactively detect and manage problems at early project stages”, “Actual expenditure is constantly shooting beyond cost estimates” and “Incurred costs already getting higher than the anticipated benefits”. Project/construction management-related symptoms are most significant to predisposing building projects to failure.
Practical implications
The study provided implications for effective project management of building projects through proactive approach which is very paramount to improving the delivery of building projects in Nigeria.
Originality/value
The study provides implications for proactive management of building projects, thereby enhancing the delivery of building projects.

Adebisi, T. A. and Oni, CS.  2012.  Availability of vocational training facilities for the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Nigeria. International Journal of Development and Sustainability. 1(3):889-902.
Adebisi, T. A. and Babalola, AC.  2020.  Functional Literacy and Self-Directed Learning: Transformational Learning Processes for Women Empowerment in Africa. International Journal of Social Policy & Education. 2(1):60-70.
Adebisi, TA.  2010.  Adult Education and National Productivity in Nigeria. Educational Periscope. 3:45-52.
Adebisi, TA.  2013.  Attaining Sustainable Livelihood and Democracy through Vocational Training and Livelihood Diversification. Journal of Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE). 19(1):63-79.
Adebisi, TA.  2018.  Increasing Cultural Awareness: The Conscientization Approach. Cross-Cultural Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach. , Ile-Ife: Obafemi Awolowo University Press
Adebisi, T. A. & Femi-Aderinto, AM.  2016.  Roles of Community Day’s Celebration in Community Development: Ile-Ife and Ipetumodu Communities as Case Studies,. Journal of Media Educational Technology and Communications. 3(1):10-18.
Adebisi, E, Ojo S, Alao O.  2018.  Assessment of factors influencing the failure and abandonment of multi-storey building projects in Nigeria, 2018/04/19. 36 Abstract

PurposeThe failure and abandonment of construction projects have proven to be insurmountable problems incessantly militating against the efficient performance of the construction industry in Nigeria. The complexity, technicality and a host of other project execution issues unique to multi-storey building projects do increase their susceptibility to failure and abandonment. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to examine the factors influencing failure and abandonment of multi-storey building projects in Nigeria. This is with a view to provide inferential empirical data that could enhance successful delivery of multi-storey building projects in Nigeria.
Design/methodology/approach
Primary data were used for the study. A structured questionnaire was administered on consultants and contractors’ personnel within Lagos State, Nigeria. A total of 180 copies of the questionnaire were administered ,and 134 copies which represent a combined response rate of 74.4 per cent were retrieved. The data were analysed using frequency distribution and percentages, Mean item score and factor analysis.
Findings
The factors most significant to the failure and abandonment of multi-storey building projects are inadequate funding by the client, improper planning at the pre-construction phase, structural failure in multi-storey building during construction, bankruptcy/business failure of the contractor, improper scheduling of the building project activities and failure to engage qualified professionals with technical expertise and experience. The rated factors clustered under human resources capability, planning and structural quality, contractor selection and variation, insecurity and variation, and force majeure and political risk.
Research limitations/implications
The study was limited to multi-storey building projects in Lagos State, Nigeria. Further studies could focus on specific resuscitation strategies for abandoned multi-storey building projects.
Practical implications
The study provided implications for effective project and contract management of multi-storey building projects which is very paramount to improve the delivery of complex, technical- and capital-intensive building projects in Nigeria.
Originality/value
The study provides specific implications for the management of multi-storey building projects, thereby enhancing the delivery of building projects.

Adebisi, TA.  2016.  Commercial Motorcycling: Antidote to Unemployment or Breeding Ground of Crimes and Woe? A Case Study of South-Western Nigeria. Contemporary Nigeria Transitional Agencies of Change. , Austin Texas: Pan-African University Press
Adebisi, TA.  2010.  Effects of computer Training Programmes on Alleviation of Unemployment among Secondary School Leavers in Ile-Ife Metropolis, Osun State, Nigeria. International Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education. 2:386-392.
Adebisi, T. A. and Oyeleke, O.  2018.  Promoting Effective Teaching and Learning in Online Environment: A Blend of Pedagogical and Andragogical Models. Bulgarian Journal of Science and Education Policy. 12(1):153-171.
Adebisi, TA.  2018.  Training in the Production of Clan-Bond Trades in Southwestern Nigeria: The Non-Formal and Informal Learning Approaches. Education for Life in Africa. , Leiden: African Studies Centre
Adebisi, TA.  2013.  Child Labour: A Potential Challenge to Vocational Skills Acquisition. Journal of the Collaboration of Education Faculties in West Africa (CEFWA). 2(2):128-135.
Adebisi, TA.  2017.  Climate Change and Food Insecurity: An Overview of Possible Solutions through Climate Science Literacy and Environmental Education. Journal of Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE). 22(2):404-411.
Adebisi, E, Ojo S, Alao O.  2018.  Assessment of factors influencing the failure and abandonment of multi-storey building projects in Nigeria, 04. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. 36 Abstract
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Adebisi, TA.  2015.  Acquisition of Entrepreneurial Skills by Polytechnic Students in Osun State, Nigeria. Journal of Educational and Social Research. 5(1):83-94.
Adebisi, TA.  2016.  Insurgency and Insecurity: Bane of Global Literacy Development. Bulgarian Journal of Science & Education Policy. 10(1):53-68.
Adebisi, E, Alao O, Ojo S.  2020.  Assessment of early warning signs predisposing building projects to failure in Nigeria, 01. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. ahead-of-print Abstract
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Adebisi, TA.  2017.  The Visa Lottery versus Brain Drain: The Impact of the African Diaspora on Vocational Artisanship. The New African Diaspora in the United States. , New York: Routledge
Adebisi, T. A., AATA & PY.  2015.  Idle Hands the Devil’s Workshop: Creating Jobs to Foster Peaceful and Harmonious Living in Nigeria. Journal of Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE). 20(1):49-67.