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Market Structures in Air Conditioning Maintenance Activity

Bridge, Adrian (2008) Market Structures in Air Conditioning Maintenance Activity. In Dainty, A (Ed.) 24th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management 2008, 1-3 September 2008, Wales, Cardiff.

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Abstract

It is questionable whether activities like construction, including maintenance and repair, can be considered a single entity or industry - on the basis that different sectors of construction/maintenance use fundamentally distinct resource and skill bases. This creates a number of issues including the development of competition and reform policy. de Valance deployed the Structure-Conduct-Performance model (SCP) to delineate sectors of new/installation construction activity and, in doing so, proposes that there exists multiple market structures in a given project.

The purpose of this paper is to apply the SCP model to a different sector of construction activity, that is air conditioning maintenance and test de Valance's proposition concerning the existence of multiple market structures in a supply chain but this time to a built facility.

The research method combines secondary data concerning the "Structure" component of the SCP model and primary data with regard to the "Conduct" and "Performance" parts of the SCP model. The results provide further support (beyond de Valance's analysis of new/installation activity) that a sector system approach using the SCP model is a more effective way to analyse market structures in construction activity. This paper also supports de Valance's proposition concerning the existence of multiple market structures in a supply chain to a project/facility.

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ID Code: 25937
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Maintenance, Market Structures
ISSN: 0955523901X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Quantity Surveying (120203)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 ARCOM Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2009 11:32
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:44

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