Comparison of key competences of DB clients and contractors in the construction market of the People’s Republic of China

Xia, Bo, Chan, Albert, & Zuo, Jian (2012) Comparison of key competences of DB clients and contractors in the construction market of the People’s Republic of China. In Senaratne, S. & Sandanayake, Y.G. (Eds.) Proceedings of the World Construction Conference 2012, Ceylon Institute of Builders - Sri Lanka , Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, pp. 427-433.

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Clients and Design-build (DB) contractors are two key stakeholders in DB projects, and contribute significantly to the successful project performance. This study aims to identify and compare such key competences in the construction market of the PRC. After the survey of available literature and face-to-face interviews, a two-round Delphi questionnaire survey was conducted to identify the key competences of clients and DB contractors in DB projects. Relative importance of these identified competences were ranked and compared. The questionnaire results indicated distinct differences between the key competences of clients and that of contractors. The contractor’s key competences emphasize on DB experience, corporate management capability, building and design expertise, financial capability, enterprise qualification and reputation. While the client’s competences focus on the ability to clearly define the project scope & requirements, financial capacity, contract management ability, adequate staff, effective coordination with DB contractor and similar DB experience. Both clients and DB contractors should clearly understand the competence requirements in DB projects and possess all the necessary competences for the successful outcome of DB projects. The identification of these key competences provides clients and DB contractors with indicators to assess their capabilities before going for the DB option. Furthermore, the comparison of competences for clients and DB contractors will result in better understanding of DB system and improve the communication between these stakeholders.

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ID Code: 51566
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: China,, Competence, , Delphi Method, , Design and Build
ISBN: 978-955-4516-02-1
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2012 23:02
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 15:01

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