The purpose of this report is to present an approach to productivity measurement that overcomes the various objections to it and makes productivity measurement available to contractors of all sizes as a practical management tool. The approach is simple and inexpensive to implement and maintain, timely in providing problem indicators, and independent of other business systems such as estimating and cost accounting. The research, performed under the direction of the Construction Industry Institute's Productivity Measurements Task Force, determined that differences exist in the methods used by contractors who measure productivity. The differences, however, are not significant in practice, but stem primarily from differences in terminology and cost accounting procedures. Two definitions are proposed to establish consistency within the industry: "productivity" is defined as "work-hours performed per units of work completed"; "productivity index" is defined as "the ratio of planned productivity to actual productivity".

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Construction Industry Institute
    Austin, TX  United States  78705-2650
  • Publication Date: 1990-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00616339
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication 2-3
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1991 12:00AM