The effect of planning and resource leveling on UAE contractors

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
In such a financial turmoil, resource management in contracting companies has gained great importance. Many researchers have been exploring concerned planning methods to identify best practices that enable organizations enhance performance, profitability and competitiveness. The purpose of this dissertation is to identify resource leveling practices used and their effect on performance. This approached by attempting to improve resource management and control through leveling in these contexts. The research process used a qualitative research method to suit the nature of selected sample and attain comprehensive results. It includes a review of literature, followed by three case studies which involve interviews, documents and project papers among others. The major finding is that minimum slack first as a priority rule is still being used serving the planning aspect of projects and organizational structure is the main enabler of implementing a proper resource planning method. Moreover, a set of directions are suggested to effectively plan resources and enhance profitability. A topic for future study is suggested to further extend the circle of knowledge in this particular area.
resource leveling, contractors, United Arab Emirates (UAE), financial turmoil, resource management, performance, organizational structure