Moses Muse Khisa, Josephine Mutiso


The construction industry entails high levels of risk, but often this risk is not dealt with adequately, resulting in poor performance, which is reflected in frequent cost and time overruns, as well as poor quality of work. This may cause disputes which may lead to costly litigation and further time and cost overruns. Additionally, insurers traditionally avoid firms with high risk portfolios and subsequently will not offer insurance covers or may charge very high premiums to compensate for the increased risk. Previous studies have found an inconclusive relationship between adoption of risk management practices and enhanced construction Performance. As such, the general objective of this study was to determine how project control risk management Practices influence the performance of selected construction projects in Kenya. Performance was measured as a function of cost variance, time variance and quality control. This study used explanatory research design and the research philosophy was based on positivism. The population of the study was all construction projects carrying out construction and public works in selected firms in Kenya, registered by the Republic of Kenya as of July 2011 to June 2021, a total of 2,414 construction projects. The sample size was 97 respondents, and simple random sampling was used for identifying respondent firms. Data collection was done using a self-administered semi-structured questionnaire. Data analysis was done using both descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The findings led to the conclusion project control risk management strategies had a significant influence on firm performance, implying that any effect on firm performance was not solely due to chance. The study recommended that, from a policy perspective, in order to further entrench risk management practices in the construction sector, construction firms in Kenya need to increasingly engage in capacity building activities in risk management and construction project management in general. The government should also encourage activities that encourage proper risk management and risk sharing cross the entire construction value chain.

Key Words: risk management practices, project control risk management, performance, construction projects

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