An analysis of causes of disputes in the construction industry using analytical hierarchy process (AHP)

Çakmak F. P., Cakmak E.

2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering, AEI 2013, State College, PA, United States Of America, 3 - 05 April 2013, pp.93-101 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1061/9780784412909.010
  • City: State College, PA
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.93-101
  • Keywords: Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), Causes of Disputes, Construction Disputes, Construction Management
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the construction industry, since differences in perceptions among the participants of the projects, conflicts are inevitable. If conflicts are not well managed, they are quickly turn into disputes. Disputes are one of the main factors which prevent the successfully completion of the construction project. Thus, it is important to be aware of the causes of disputes in order to complete the construction project in the desired time, budget and quality. This paper aims to analyze the main causes of disputes which occur in the construction industry. In order to reach this aim, a literature review was undertaken to identify the common construction disputes. The disputes derived from a cross-section of the literature, were classified into main categories and the main causes of construction disputes were determined. Finally, an analysis was carried out using the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) approach to determine their relative importance. © 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers.