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Inventory Management and Construction Project Delivery in Nigeria

Ikediashi, Dubem; Udo, Godfrey


Godfrey Udo


Syed M. Ahmed

Paul Hampton

Salman Azhar

Amelia D. Saul


Effective management of inventories has been widely acclaimed as an important panacea for sustainable construction project delivery. This paper evaluates inventory management practices in the Nigerian construction industry. To achieve this, the specific objectives are to (1) assess inventory management practices in the construction industry and (2) explore the influence of inventory management on project delivery in Nigeria. A structured questionnaire was distributed to 110 construction companies in three strategic cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt using purposive and stratified sampling techniques. Ninety (90) valid responses were retrieved giving a response rate of 82%. Data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings reveal that materials requirement planning (MRP) with a mean score of 3.972 was the top ranked technique for construction project management in the Nigeria. This is closely followed by warehousing management (WM) (3.961) at the second, first-in-first-out (FIFO) (3.880) at the third. Findings also reveal that the level of use of all the three inventory management techniques had significant influence on project delivery time and cost but not on quality. The paper recommends that contractors and industry associations should embrace the concept of inventory management to improve efficiency in terms of growth, turnover and sustainability. Besides, stakeholders should carry out advocacy and sensitisation to improve level of awareness while educational construction institutions should update their curriculum to incorporate sustainable and more innovative technologies into inventory management.

Online Publication Date Dec 22, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jan 1, 2023
Publisher Springer
Pages 1-7
Series Title Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation
Book Title Collaboration and Integration in Construction, Engineering, Management and Technology: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, London 2019
ISBN 978-3-030-48464-4
Keywords Materials management; Project performance; Construction industry; Nigeria
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