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Implications of 'Lock-in' on Public Sector Project Management in a Small Island Development State

Chadee, AA, Chadee, XT, Mwasha, A and Martin, HH (2021) Implications of 'Lock-in' on Public Sector Project Management in a Small Island Development State. Buildings, 11 (5).

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The concept of ‘Lock-In’, or the escalating cost of overcommitment on a project to a failing course of action, has unforeseeable implications in project management. This paper presents a case study on the occurrence and consequences of lock-in within the context of public sector housing projects in a small island developing state (SIDS). It demonstrates that cost overruns continue beyond the commissioning phase and throughout the project’s lifecycle, even though technical contingencies were implemented to deliver the intended project benefits. The findings unpack the implications of political expediency as a strategic tool mobilised to supersede proper technical decision-making prior to project execution. It concludes that project practitioners’ commitment to select and continue with a sub-optimal project can lead to the implementation of ineffective solutions to justify their actions, resulting in failed outcomes with negative social consequences. This research helps to advance project management knowledge in the us-er/operation phase, because previous scholarly work was limited to investigating lock-in from project conceptualisation to the commissioning phase.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology; Technology; Construction & Building Technology; Engineering, Civil; Engineering; cost overruns; political influences; root causes; public housing programmes; small island developing states; INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS; COST OVERRUNS; CORRUPTION; 1201 Architecture; 1202 Building; 1203 Design Practice and Management
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: MDPI AG
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2022 12:51
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 12:51
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/buildings11050198
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18207
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