Evaluating contractor prequalification data : selection criteria and project success factors

Hatush, Zedan & Skitmore, Martin (1997) Evaluating contractor prequalification data : selection criteria and project success factors. Construction Management and Economics, 15(2), pp. 129-147.

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A Delphic study investigating the perceived relationship between twenty contractor selection criteria (CSC) currently in use and project success factors (PSFs) in terms of time, cost and quality is described involving a sample of eight experienced construction personnel, including two validators. A consensus of the likely impact of each criterion on time, cost and quality is established in terms of pessimistic, average and optimistic values which are then converted into expected means and variances via the PERT approach. The ten most and ten least important CSC are identified and examined for differences and similarities between PSFs.

The results show that past failures, financial status, financial stability, credit ratings, experience, ability, management personnel and management knowledge are perceived to be the dominant CSC affecting all three PSFs, with safety criteria (safety, experience modification rate, occupational housing association, management safety accountability) and the length of time in business being perceived to have the least effect overall. Some CSC, such as "past performance, bank arrangements, project management organisation, plant and equipment", were perceived to effect only one or two PSFs.

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ID Code: 9374
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Prequalification, Selection Criteria, Project Success Factors, Delphic Study
DOI: 10.1080/01446199700000002
ISSN: 1466-433X
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 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Construction Management and Economics 15(2):pp. 129-147.
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2011 05:04

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