Identification of key competences of design-builders in the construction market of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

Xia, Bo, Chan, Albert, & Yeung, John F.Y. (2009) Identification of key competences of design-builders in the construction market of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Construction Management and Economics, 27(11), pp. 1141-1152.

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Design-builders play a vital role in the success of DB projects. In the construction market of the People’s Republic of China, most of the design-builders, however, lack adequate competences to conduct the DB projects successfully. The objective of this study is, therefore, to identify the key competences that design-builders should possess to not only ensure the success of DB projects but also acquire the competitive advantages in the DB market. Five semi-structured face-to-face interviews and two rounds of Delphi questionnaire survey were conducted to identify the key competences of design-builders. Rankings have been assigned to these key competences on the basis of their relative importance. Six ranked key competences of design-builders have been identified, which are, namely,

(1) experience with similar DB projects; (2) capability of corporate management; (3) combination of building techniques and design expertise; (4) financial capability for DB projects; (5) enterprise qualification and scale; and (6) credit records and reputation in the industry.

The design-builders can make use of the research findings as guidelines to improve their DB competence. These research findings will also be useful to clients during the selection of design-builders.

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ID Code: 48634
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Design and build,, Procurement,, Competitive advantages,, Competence, Delphi method, China
DOI: 10.1080/01446190903280476
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [Construction Management and Economics] © 2009 copyright Taylor & Francis; [Construction Management and Economics] is available online at:
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2012 02:58
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2017 16:58

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