Causes of business-to-government corruption in the tendering process in China

Zhang, Bing, Le, Yun, Xia, Bo, & Skitmore, Martin (2016) Causes of business-to-government corruption in the tendering process in China. Journal of Management in Engineering, 05016022.

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Business to government (B2G) corruption is thought to be a common phenomenon in the Chinese construction sector, especially in public construction projects, inducing many accidents and losses. As a precursor to its reduction, or elimination, this paper examines the reasons for B2G corruption by identifying the causes and their relative influence in the tendering and bidding process. To do this, a total of 24 causes are first identified through literature review and the results of semi-structured interviews with 9 top construction enterprise managers in China’s construction market. An opinion questionnaire survey is further used to rank and analyze the causes. A factor analysis is also used to reveal six major underlying causal dimensions of B2G corruption, comprising flawed regulation systems, negative encouragement, lack of professional ethics and codes of conduct, illegitimate gains, lack of competitive and equitable bidding practices and procedures and the influence of guanxi. Concluding remarks include the study’s potential contribution to practice and regulation in the fight against corruption in the Chinese construction industry.

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ID Code: 98235
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Business-to-government (B2G) corruption, Causes, Tendering process, Factor analysis, China
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000479
ISSN: 1943-5479
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
  • NNSF CHINA/71172107
  • NNSF CHINA/71390523
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2016 00:03
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 09:43

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