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Journal cover: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401
Previously published as: Work Study

Online from: 2004

Subject Area: Performance Management and Measurement

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The construction industry macro maturity model (CIM3): theoretical underpinnings


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Title:The construction industry macro maturity model (CIM3): theoretical underpinnings
Author(s):Christopher J. Willis, (Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada), Jeffrey H. Rankin, (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada)
Citation:Christopher J. Willis, Jeffrey H. Rankin, (2012) "The construction industry macro maturity model (CIM3): theoretical underpinnings", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 61 Iss: 4, pp.382 - 402
Keywords:CIM3, Construction industry, Leading indicators, Maturity, Measurement, Performance
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17410401211212652 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce an alternative approach of measuring construction industry performance using maturity modeling. The focus is on introducing a newly developed maturity model referred to as the construction industry macro maturity model (CIM3) and highlighting its use by assessing the maturity of the construction industry of the Province of New Brunswick, Canada.

Design/methodology/approach – Current methods of construction industry performance measurement such as labor productivity and competitiveness are briefly reviewed, highlighting their weaknesses. The theoretical underpinnings of the CIM3 are discussed and the implementation of the CIM3 to measure the cost and quality management maturity of the New Brunswick construction industry is presented.

Findings – An assessment of the construction industry's maturity using the CIM3 provides a leading indication of performance. This is based on the industry being structured according to key practices areas that contain key practices. The industry's key practices are linked to objectives that lead to the achievement of performance goals. The maturity of the construction industry with respect to its key practices is a function of the relative importance of the key practices and the capabilities of the industry in implementing the key practices. Based on this, the implementation of the CIM3 in New Brunswick found that the NB construction industry is more mature in cost management than in quality management.

Originality/value – This paper contributes to the existing body of knowledge on industry performance measurement, and more particularly, construction industry performance measurement. The concept of maturity modeling applied here promotes and demonstrates the use of leading indicators of performance, as recommended in most performance measurement literature.



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