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The cost performance and causes of overruns in infrastructure development projects in Asia

Andri?, Jelena M; Mahamadu, Abdul-Majeed; Wang, Jiayuan; Zou, Patrick X. W.; Zhong, Ruoyu

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Jelena M Andri?

Abdul Mahamadu
Associate Lecturer - CATE - AAE - UAAE0001

Jiayuan Wang

Patrick X. W. Zou

Ruoyu Zhong


© 2019 The Author(s). Published by VGTU Pr. Infrastructure plays a major role in the economic development of countries, especially in Asia which has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The procurement of infrastructure continues to be characterized by cost overruns resulting in significant academic interest and theoretical propositions on the influential factors. This study contributes to this issue through adoption of pragmatic research methodology involving deterministic statistical analysis of real project data from reports as well as a qualitative analysis of these reports to unearth underlying issues from a thematic analysis. Furthermore, the study design takes a multi-country view towards establishing the role of contextual and geographical influences on cost overrun. An evaluation of 102 major infrastructure projects was performed covering railways, roadways and energy sectors in different regions in Asia. Findings reveal that differences in the propensity for cost overrun are mostly dependent on a type of infrastructure with rail projects being the most likely to overrun budget. Theoretically, propositions on the influence of project contextual factors are tested highlighting the influence of project size, project type, geographical locations, and the length of implementation period of a project as well as factors related to political, economic, strategic, and competence in infrastructure delivery which vary across countries.


Andrić, J. M., Mahamadu, A., Wang, J., Zou, P. X. W., & Zhong, R. (2019). The cost performance and causes of overruns in infrastructure development projects in Asia. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 25(3), 203-214.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 7, 2019
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Deposit Date May 9, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 9, 2019
Journal Journal of Civil Engineering and Management
Print ISSN 1392-3730
Electronic ISSN 1822-3605
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 203-214
Keywords infrastructure projects, cost overruns, project type, geographical location, project size, implementation period, Asia.
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