Tendering ethics : a study of collusive tendering from a marketing perspective

Zarkada-Fraser, Anna (1998) Tendering ethics : a study of collusive tendering from a marketing perspective. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis provides a behavioural perspective to the problem of collusive tendering in the construction market by examining the decision making factors of individuals potentially involved in such agreements using marketing ethics theory and techniques. The findings of a cross disciplinary literature review were synthesised into a model of factors theoretically expected to determine the individual's behavioural intent towards a set of collusive tendering agreements and the means of reaching them. The factors were grouped as internal cognitive (the individuals' value systems) and affective (demographic and psychographic characteristics) as well as external environmental (legal, industrial and organisational codes and norms) and situational (company, market and economic conditions). The model was tested using empirical data collected through a questionnaire survey of estimators employed in the largest Australian construction firms. All forms of explicit collusive tendering agreements were considered as having a prohibitive moral content by the majority of respondents who also clearly differentiated between agreements and discussions of contract terms (which they found to be a moral concern but not prohibitive) or of prices. The comparisons between those of the respondents that would never participate in a collusive agreement and the potential offenders clearly showed two distinctly different groups. The law abiding estimators are less reliant on situational factors, happier and more comfortable in their work environments and they live according to personal value and belief systems. The potential offenders on the other hand are mistrustful of colleagues, feel their values are not respected, put company priorities above principles and none of them is religious or a member of a professional body. The research results indicate that Australian estimators are, overall law abiding and principled and accept the existing codification of collusion as morally defensible and binding. Professional bodies' and organisational codes of conduct as well as personal value and belief systems that guide one's own conduct appear to be deterrents to collusive tendering intent and so are moral comfort and work satisfaction. These observations are potential indicators of areas where intervention and behaviour modification can increase individuals' resistance to collusion.

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ID Code: 36050
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Skitmore, Ronald & Buzer, Susan
Additional Information: Presented to the School of Construction Management, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Construction contracts Moral and ethical aspects, Construction industry Corrupt practices, marketing ethics, decision making, tendering, thesis, doctoral
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Anna Zarkada
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:04
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 00:34

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