Construction's Critical Condition

by John H. Wiggins, (F.ASCE), Pres.; Crisis Management Corp., Redondo Beach, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 10, Pg. 72-72

Document Type: Feature article


The United States construction industry is experiencing a decline due mainly to the drop in productivity. Even though tools have improved and labor costs have remained in relative parity, the output per employee hour has dropped. This low productivity, together with other reasons, has made it possible for foreign companies to cut into the international and domestic markets. Several recommendations, including increased funds for R & D activities and long range planning, are made in order to reverse this trend.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Construction industry | Productivity | Labor | Employees | United States

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