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Title: Front-end planning implementation in Singapore: Status, importance, and impact
Authors: Hwang, B.-G. 
Ho, J.W.
Keywords: Best practice
Construction industry
Front-end planning
Project management
Project planning
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Hwang, B.-G., Ho, J.W. (2012). Front-end planning implementation in Singapore: Status, importance, and impact. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 138 (4) : 567-573. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Front-end planning (FEP) is relatively new to the Singapore construction industry, and its importance is not yet well recognized or emphasized. Technological advancements and continuous fragmentation in the construction industry have resulted in a rapid increase in the complexity of projects, and yet this has not been matched by a concomitant increase in planning efforts. This study aims to identify the importance of FEP and its impact on project outcomes in order to encourage more organizations in Singapore to practice and benefit from it. To achieve this objective, a questionnaire was developed, and the responses from 27 companies were analyzed. The analysis revealed that only about 44% of the responding companies practiced FEP on their projects. In addition, the study quantified the amount of the budget allocated to FEP as well as the level of improvement in project performance achieved by implementing FEP. Once companies recognize their FEP implementation status, they will be at a starting point to understand its importance and impact and will be able to better manage their projects, ultimately allowing the Singapore construction industry to increase its opportunity for producing more successful projects overall. © 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers.
Source Title: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
ISSN: 07339364
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000456
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