Identification of the Causes of Conflict among Construction Players in Sarawak, Malaysia
Ahmed Mohammed Kamaruddeen1, Bong Wei Li2, Ogbonna Ndubuisi John3, Wahida Wahi4

1Ahmed Mohammed Kamaruddeen is an Associate Professor at the University College of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia.
2Bong Wei Li, received her Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Honours) from the University College of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia.
3Ogbonna Ndubuisi John is a Senior Lecturer at Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana Afikpo, Nigeria.
4Wahida Wahi is a lecturer at the University College of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia.

Manuscript received on 2 August 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 11 August 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 September 2019. | PP: 2100-2107 | Volume-8 Issue-3 September 2019 | Retrieval Number: C4553098319/19©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.C4553.098319
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Abstract: Construction-related conflict is one of the issues that require considerable attention in the construction industry. Hence, this study intends to identify the factors causing conflict among the construction players in Sarawak, Malaysia. Simple random sampling was used to select the respondents for this research. Respondents for this research comprised contractors, consultants, and clients in organizations. Out of 196 distributed copies of the questionnaire, a total of 80 copies were completed and returned amounting to40.81% response rate. The Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) was used to obtain descriptive statistics. The Relative Importance Index (RII) was used to rank the factors causing conflict. A total of twenty-five (25) factors were identified. Insufficient funding was ranked the most severe among factors causing the client-related conflict. Changes in design was ranked first among factors causing the contractor-related conflict. Poor contract management was ranked first among the factors causing the consultant-related conflict. The findings in this research complement the existing body of knowledge on construction-related disputes. This research has provided a better understanding of the factors that could lead to conflicts among the construction players during the execution of construction projects.
Index Terms: Conflict, construction players, Malaysia, Sarawak

Scope of the Article:
Construction Economics