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ELECTRI International Research Reports Support Dissertation Efforts
As of May 26, 2018

Published on: 
May 20, 2012

In February 2012, James O'Brien was working towards an Honors degree in Construction Management at the Institute of Technology - Tralee College in County Kerry, Ireland. He contacted ELECTRI International about the dissertation he was preparing on factors affecting productivity in the mechanical and electrical process. His preliminary research was conducted during an internship at Shell Pernis in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His first-hand observations regarding productivity and workforce supervision had led him to ELECTRI International's research on this key construction management topic.

The Foundation sent O'Brien several pertinent ELECTRI research studies on productivity to use as part of his investigation. His work included examining the impact of poor supervision, the varying "culture" of each M&E project as it moves forward, the impact of using field labor (ex-patriots and labor agencies) and the resulting extra overhead costs including housing, transportation, and high absenteeism.

O'Brien has now completed his dissertation for his Honors BSc. degree and, in the text, acknowledges the importance of examining processes and practices in The Netherlands, Ireland and the rest of the U.K. as compared to the US data reported in ELECTRI research results. His next academic endeavor will be a Master's thesis on productivity, expanding upon his original work.

A copy of the BSc. Honors dissertation, Factors Affecting Productivity in Mechanical Electrical Process, is available through ELECTRI International. Contact