Nature of engineering consulting projects

Andrew S. Chang, Shu Hua Chiu

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Engineering consulting firms usually collect data such as cost and man-hour expenditures. Although these data help analyze project profit and productivity, they lack the information on the project nature to examine work and analyze the root causes of performance. This study investigates the nature of engineering consulting projects in terms of uncertainty and equivocality (U&E). A questionnaire was designed to collect project U&E data from 108 project managers. The U&E scores were analyzed, further linked to and tested on a consulting firm's profit, productivity, project type, phase, duration, and owner data. It is found that project nature does not affect profit or productivity; engineering design work needs more data acquisition and analysis than problem definition and interpretation. Other results show insightful patterns about engineering projects that can be useful references to the engineering services industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-188
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • General Engineering
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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