Exploring the Complexity of Productivity in Construction
Paper i proceeding, 2009
Productivity is a complex term for which there is no clear definition. This is reflected not only in the daily use of language but also in scientific literature. Terms like efficiency, effectiveness, and performance are used interchangeably with productivity. The purpose of this paper is to explore the complexity of productivity in construction and to disentangle the terms and their link to productivity by providing a historical perspective and presenting theories from peer-reviewed literature. Based on this literature, some common definitions have been amalgamated and key issues have been identified for discussing and interpreting the concept of productivity. Most companies focus on profitability in order to satisfy the needs of shareholders, which means that short-term financial goals are placed before long-term productivity considerations. The paper contributes to the discussion about productivity from the perspective of those involved in the construction industry.