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dc.contributor.advisorHaas, Carl T. (Carl Thomas)en
dc.creatorGoodrum, Paul McGinley, 1970-en
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-14T20:37:28Zen
dc.date.available2011-03-14T20:37:28Zen
dc.date.issued2001-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/10491en
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dc.description.abstractIn general, U.S. industry has witnessed dramatic changes in the way it accomplishes its core processes over the past 25 years. Well-understood technological and managerial advances have allowed the manufacturing sector, for example, to steadily increase its productivity, and with it, its profit margins. In construction, related changes are far less well understood. Previous related research indicates that labor and partial factor productivity may in fact be increasing in the U.S. construction industry. This research examines the effect of technology, specifically equipment technology, on productivity. Changes in labor and partial factor productivity are analyzed for 200 activities from 1976 to 1998. During that same time period, changes in equipment technology are measured through economic measures, a technology index, and five technology factors of change, which are changes in control, energy, functional range, information processing, and ergonomics. Through ANOVA and regression analyses, it is found that changes in equipment technology have played a substantial role in changes in labor and partial factor productivity. The research also shows that changes in control, energy, and functional range have each lead to an added increase in labor productivity from 15 to 25% between 1976 and 1998 with similar increases in partial factor productivity. A review of existing literature on productivity and technical change and an anecdotal summary of construction manager’s experiences in these areas are also included in the study.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectConstruction industry--United Statesen
dc.subjectConstruction equipment industry--United Statesen
dc.titleThe impact of equipment technology on productivity in the U.S. construction industryen
dc.description.departmentCivil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineeringen
thesis.degree.departmentCivil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineeringen
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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