Selecting a suitable procurement method for a building project

Love, Peter E.D., Skitmore, Martin, & Earl, George (1998) Selecting a suitable procurement method for a building project. Construction Management and Economics, 16(2), pp. 221-233.

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Building procurement has become a fashionable term with industry practitioners and researchers. It determines the overall framework and structure of responsibilities and authorities for participants within the building process. It is a key factor contributing to overall client satisfaction and project success. The selection of the most appropriate procurement method is consequently critical for both clients and project participants, and is becoming an important and contemporary issue with the building industry. The problem, nevertheless, lies in the fact that there has been limited empirical research in this field of study. Postal questionnaire surveys of 41 clients, 34 contractors and 35 consultants were carried out, and were used to obtain experiences and attitudes to a variety of procurement methods and the criteria used for selection. The findings indicate that a simple set of the criteria is generally adequate and sufficient for procurement path selection and that there is a reasonable consensus on their appropriate weighting for each path. Moreover, it is shown that similar clients generally do not have similar procurement needs but nevertheless only one procurement method, that of novation, best satisfies the needs of those involved in the study.

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ID Code: 4420
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: procurement selection, novation, criteria weights, client needs, utility rating
DOI: 10.1080/014461998372501
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Construction Management and Economics 16(2):pp. 221-233.
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 20 May 2013 05:24

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