The Current State of Research and Development Approach (R&D) in the Saudi Construction Industry

Yasir Alhammadi, Mohammed Algahtany, Dean Kashiwagi, Kenneth Sullivan, Jacob Kashiwagi

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For the past three decades, the Saudi construction industry (SCI) has exhibited poor performance. Many research efforts have tried to identify the problem and the potential causes but there have been few publications identifying ways to mitigate the problem and describing testing to validate the proposed solution. This paper examines the research and development (R&D) approach in the SCI. A literature research was performed identifying the impact that R&D has had on the SCI. A questionnaire was also created for surveying industry professionals and researchers. The results show evidence that the SCI practice and the academic research work exist in separate silos. This study recommends a change of mindset in both the public and private sector on their views on R&D since cooperation is required to create collaboration between the two sectors and improve the competitiveness of the country's economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1462-1469
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, ICSDEC 2016 - Tempe, United States
Duration: May 18 2016May 20 2016


  • R&D
  • Research and development
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi construction
  • poor performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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