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Hashim, N I and Chileshe, N (2012) Major challenges in managing multiple project environments (MPE) in Australia's construction industry. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 10(01), 72-92.

Haupt, T and Fester, F (2012) Women-owned construction enterprises: a South African assessment. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 10(01), 52-71.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: business development; corruption; empowerment; gender equity; needs assessment; procurement; South Africa; women
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1726-0531
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/17260531211211881
  • Abstract:
    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to report on the findings of a needs assessment study of South African women-owned enterprises in construction. The study was done in preparation for the rolling out of an empowerment initiative country-wide in South Africa, building on the lessons learnt and recommendations from the current and previous studies. Design/methodology/approach - An extensive review of relevant literature was used to develop a survey instrument and guide the stakeholder workshops to establish the needs of women-owned contractors in South Africa. Findings - The study found that fair procurement processes, women-friendly construction sites, a construction bank and relevant career-aligned training with mentoring were enablers to transform existing enterprises to multi-skilled independent entities able to participate in the mainstream construction sector and register in the higher grades of the CIDB Register of Contractors. Research limitations/implications - Findings are based on views from respondents in South Africa registered in grades 1 through 5 on the CIDB Register of Contractors with legitimate e-mail addresses. Practical implications - The professionally facilitated workshops and broad-based stakeholder involvement in the project enhanced the validity of the study and the success of a development agenda if adopted for implementation. Originality/value - The value of the paper lies in the roadmap for development for similar initiatives.

Idoro, G (2012) Comparing levels of use of project plans and performance of traditional contract and design-build construction projects in Nigeria. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 10(01), 7-33.

Jarkas, A (2012) Factors influencing power-trowelling productivity of concrete surface floors. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 10(01), 34-51.

Sathiya, P, Jaleel, M Y A and Shanmugarajan, B (2012) Analysis of metallurgical and mechanical properties of laser welded super austenitic stainless steel. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 10(01), 110-27.