Retrospective look on front-end planning: A comprehensive literature review of 30 years of research

Seng, H, Too, E and Le, T 2018, 'Retrospective look on front-end planning: A comprehensive literature review of 30 years of research', International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 19-42.


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Title Retrospective look on front-end planning: A comprehensive literature review of 30 years of research
Author(s) Seng, H
Too, E
Le, T
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 42
Total pages 24
Publisher Construction Programme, Massey University
Abstract Academics and practitioners have paid close attention to front-end planning research, especially in the construction industry. It is known with many acronyms including pre-project planning and front-end loading. Since 1994, Construction Industry Institute (CII) has set front-end planning as one of the main research topic areas in their knowledge structure. A lot of research related to front-end planning and project scope definition has been conducted since then. However, there lacks a comprehensive review of the current studies on the topic. Thus, the objective of this research was to undertake a comprehensive literature review of papers related to front-end planning. Reviewing 83 selected papers, this research raises several important issues regarding front-end planning such as the position of front-end planning in project life cycle, the differentiation between front-end planning and project planning, the significance of front-end planning, the front-end planning organization management, the front-end planning phases, the challenges in front-end planning implementation, and the identification of research gaps in front-end planning. The findings of this research contribute to further understanding of front-end planning and would be useful for practitioners and academics to conduct further empirical studies on the subject matter.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Construction
Front-end loading
Front-end planning
Pre-project planning
Project planning
DOI - identifier 10.14424/ijcscm801018-19-42
ISSN 1179-0776
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