Selecting a suitable procurement method for a building project

Construction Management and Economics (Impact Factor: 0.8). 03/1998; 16(2):221-233. DOI: 10.1080/014461998372501
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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 suitable procurement method consequently is critical for both clients and project participants, and is becoming an important and contemporary issue within 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 and 35 consultants were carried out, and were used to obtain experience of and attitudes to a variety of procurement methods and the criteria used for selection. The findings indicate that a simple set of the criteria generally is adequate and sufficient for procurement path selection, and that there is a reasonable consensus on the appropriate weighting for each path. Moreover, it is shown that, contrary to expectations, similar clients generally do not have similar procurement needs.

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    • "Two of the many definitions are: x " a procurement system is an organizational system that assigns specific responsibilities and authorities to people and organizations, and defines the relationships of the various elements in the construction of a project. " Love et al (1998, p 221). x " a mechanism for linking and coordinating members of the building team throughout the building process in a unique systematic structure, both functionally and contractually. "
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    ABSTRACT: One of the features of the construction industry over the last three decades or so, has been the use of various procurement methods for projects such as management contracting, project management and design and build. With the growth in the use of these methods, a number of researchers have investigated the criteria for their selection and their performance in terms of time, cost and quality. However, there is a lack of reporting on the association between procurement methods and the advanced related issues such as innovation and technology, supply chain, lean construction, buildability, sustainability and value management. Through selected papers from well-known academic journals in construction management, detailed coverage of these issues is systematically reviewed with the aim to investigate the state of the art and trends in procurement research. The outcome of this paper may provide a platform for both researchers and industrial practitioners to appreciate the latest developments and trends in procurement method research.
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    • "Procurement systems (PS) on construction projects are considered very crucial in the successful delivery of the project [30]. Procurement system refers to the appropriate overall delivery system on construction projects including the contract system for each of the contract or work packages involved as components of the chosen delivery system and the management concept to suit the delivery system and contract system(s) selected [31]. According to Hide et al. [32], procurement method and style adopted on construction projects specify the contractual arrangements and the responsibilities within a single or multiple project teams that may enhance or impede communication. "
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    • "Therefore, transaction cost implication on the bidding process is higher with subsequent implication on the project costs. Errasti et al. (2007) refer to Gunasekaran and Love et al. (1998) who state that few companies in construction industry can claim to possess the entire technical expertise, resource base, or investment capital required to fully accomplish a construction project. Therefore, the option for outsourcing part of the process or product was in place through subcontractor and nominated subcontractor as stipulated in the JCT conditions of contracts. "

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