Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Construction Disputes; Decision-making; Graph Theory; Modularization; Risk Management


"Modularization is an approach that can potentially mitigate many of the current construction industry’s challenges. Despite the documented advantages of modularization, the industry is still not able to capitalize on its full potential and benefits. The latter is due to the outdated decision-making models that may not reflect the multiple factors involved in modular construction, the unique source of risks associated with modular construction methods, need for continuous improvement, and complex contractual requirements and disputes. As such, the goal is to promote the use of modularization in the construction industry by enhancing decision-making and proactive risk management. The associated objectives are to: (1) determine decision-making factors for modular construction and provide future research directions; (2) understand the key risks affecting cost and schedule performance; (3) develop a benchmark to assess the level of risks associated with the use of modularization; (4) establish a risk-based approach to assess the cost and schedule benefits of modularization; (5) develop a framework for assessing the effective implementation of modularization; and (6) understand the causes of disputes in modularization. The research goal and objectives were achieved through multiple methodologies including surveys, graph theory, statistical and mathematical modelling, analytical hierarchy process, as well as clustering and data mining. The outcome of this research contributes to the body of knowledge by developing a comprehensive framework allowing for proactive management of modular risks, assessment of effective implementation of modularization, as well as better understanding of modular risks and causes of disputes in modular construction projects"--Abstract, p. iii


El-adaway, Islam

Committee Member(s)

Myers, John J.
Fitch, Mark W.
Long, Suzanna, 1961-
Schonberg, William P.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Civil Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2023


xviii, 383 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes_bibliographical_references_(pages 347-382)


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 12284

Electronic OCLC #