UPM Institutional Repository

Implications of industrialized building system on labor demand and cost


Yong, Chen Chen and Said, Rusmawati and Gan, Candy Chin Yee (2018) Implications of industrialized building system on labor demand and cost. Engineering International, 6 (2). 79 - 92. ISSN 2409-3629


High dependence on foreign workers in the construction industry has been long known to be one of the contributing factors of labor demand issue. To address this problem, the implementation of new technology innovations, such as the Industrialized Building System (IBS) is suggested. The purpose of this research paper is to identify the implication of IBS on the labor requirement of the construction industry. In this paper, the authors used the survey-questionnaire method. The research involved data from the surveys completed by the contractors registered with the CIDB. Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) has been applied, and the reliability of the DEA result has also been proved. The result obtained from the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), indicates that IBS contractors are still required to hire an unskilled worker to undergo the new technology transition. However, when the adoption rate of IBS gets higher, the issue of substantial influx and dependency on a foreign worker in the construction industry can be resolved gradually. Although the investment cost is high during the initial stage, IBS can help to reduce the construction cost in the long-term.

Download File

[img] Text
Implications of industrialized building system on labor demand and cost.pdf
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (2MB)

Additional Metadata

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.18034/ei.v6i2.227
Publisher: ABC Journals
Keywords: IBS; Labor; DEA; Construction industry
Depositing User: Mr. Sazali Mohamad
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 02:25
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 02:25
Altmetrics: http://www.altmetric.com/details.php?domain=psasir.upm.edu.my&doi=/10.18034/ei.v6i2.227
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/74592
Statistic Details: View Download Statistic

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item