John Savicky's research while affiliated with Arizona State University and other places

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The request for proposal (RFP) process is essential to the subsequent success of software project implementations. The RFP seeks to identify an appropriate software solution to best meet the client organisation’s scope and contractually establishes the project’s baseline cost and schedule expectations. However, there is a lack of RFP-research relat...
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Construction project managers (PMs) are critical to the execution of successful construction projects, conducting and orchestrating the intricacies of dynamic and complex projects. A large state university was challenged with attracting and retaining PMs in their construction department during a period of rapid university growth and departmental re...
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W117 aims to change construction procurement and stakeholder organizations worldwide through the use of the information-based Best Value Approach (BVA). As such, it differs from most CIB Commissions that are more science driven, while W117 is more concept and impact driven. It has been one of the most successful CIB Commissions in bridging the gap...
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Managing project risk in construction is becoming increasingly critical for ensuring that project objectives are met effectively. Perceptions and practices related to effective risk management vary among contractors, which results in different levels of risk-management capabilities. A best-value selection method enables owners to identify, during t...
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Performance mapping and determination of the key drivers for outsourcing organizations is important to determining the performance of the organization as well as ways to improve overall construction efficiency. A large private Utility Company (UC) partnered with a research group to measure the performance of their construction contracting environme...
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Planning is known to enhance construction project performance in terms of cost, schedule, and quality. Yet, project teams oftentimes do not incorporate effective planning methodologies, typically citing a lack of time or capability to conduct detailed planning. This article proposes a brief yet rigorous project planning method, known as the pre-con...
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A large government agency, seeking to become more efficient, implemented the Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS) Best Value (BV) process on various construction projects to determine if the program could increase the performance of outsourced services. The impact of this model for increasing the performance of procured projects is pre...
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Performance information has been defined as “the set of metrics used to quantify both the efficiency and effectiveness of actions (Neely 1995).” From this definition, past performance information can be extrapolated to entail those metrics that consider the effectiveness of past or previous actions. Within value-based procurement methodologies, the...
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The City of Peoria is Arizona’s ninth largest city. It covers nearly 178 square miles and is home to over 153,000 residents. The projected 10 year growth of the City is estimated to be over 204,000, which has prompted a significant expansion of the City’s municipal services and facilities. In an attempt to efficiently meet the demands of the projec...
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This is a case study testing the hypothesis that the best value PIPS process is a sustainable process/structure. The best value PIPS process has been tested 450 times over 13 years. However, the process/structure has not been sustainable, meaning that users have been successful at individual tests, but unable to imbed the system into their organiza...
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C-K (2006) Increasing performance by minimizing the passing of information. In: Poor construction performance has resulted in researching procurement process efficiency and overall delivery environment. This paper identifies the maximization of the passing of information as one of the root causes of the poor performance. The hypothesis is validated...
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Delivering construction on time, within budget, and meeting the quality expectations of building owners is a major issue in the construction industry. The authors propose that quality, performance, and safety issues are not a construction or engineering issue, but a business issue of supply and demand. This paper uses four models to validate the hy...
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One of the major objectives of facility owners is to get the ‘best value’ in construction, renovation or maintenance of facilities. Owners are reluctant to pay more for best value if they do not understand what the value is. Research now proposes that the use of best value procurement can actually reduce the first costs of delivering the constructi...
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The University of Hawaii was searching for modifications to their construction delivery process that would increase the value and performance of construction and the efficiency of their project management group. The university had been plagued by poor construction performance (not on time, not on budget, and not meeting quality expectations). Their...
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Misunderstanding of how the construction industry structure works can lead to unseen costs, inefficiencies, higher construction costs, poor results from training programs, and lower value. A deductive based Construction Industry Structure (CIS) analysis was first introduced in 1992. Continual testing of the model in the best value environment and p...
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J (2004) Traditional low-bid procurement system versus performance information procurement system (PIPS) in construction industry. The past decade has brought about a lot of changes in the construction industry. But the low bid system has remained the most popular procurement system. Many users have documented the poor performance and poor quality...
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The concept of Information Measurement Theory (IMT) is used to analyze the use of performance information during the delivery of construction. The paper compares the difference between using performance information before, during, and after the completion of construction. Due to the predominate use of the design-bid-build process, the majority of t...
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There are two ways to analyze the problem of construction nonperformance (not on time, not meeting the quality expectations of the owner, and not having cost increase change orders). The first is a project-specific approach, which assumes that the problems are being caused by the uniqueness of each project. This approach stresses: finding solutions...
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The State of Hawaii was introduced to performance-based procurement in 1998. Four years later, the State of Hawaii used a transaction cost analysis of performance-based procurement to identify if the State was receiving the best value (construction performance and price). The transaction cost analysis used relative differences in the delivery compo...

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... McDonald & Hrymak (2002) [2] stated that it is too easy to comply with legal requirements through having a paper system, which does not effectively operate in practice. This report argues that safety management systems should be audited to assess the effectiveness of [4]in his paper mentioned that incidents of life threatening respiratory diseases in the construction industry for the period between 1996 and 1999 are estimated to be about 200 to 300 per annum. ...
... A lack of time is one of the main barriers to implementing systems thinking in order to manage risk in PPPs . Sullivan et al. (2010) found that trying to implement a change too quickly is one of the challenges in implementing the bestvalue process. The researchers recommended implementing the change slowly and documenting the results. ...
... And from 2000 until 2004, the modifications were aimed at minimizing the client's efforts to verify the QPI by e.g. not having to physically visit project sites, standardize documents and shift the responsibility of collecting information on past project to the vendor (Sullivan & Savicky, 2010). ...
... These projects were completed in the years 2003-2015 and were collectively referred to as "small building projects" because they were each limited to a maximum of US$5m in total project value (the average awarded cost was less than US$1m) and less than one year in project schedule (the average construction duration was 300 days). These project size characteristics are in line with previous studies that have investigated similar project types and categorized them as small building projects (Hurtado et al., 2017(Hurtado et al., , 2018Shehu et al., 2014). Cumulatively, the total awarded cost for the entire data set was US$824m, and the cumulative final cost was US$890m, representing a total cost increase of US$66m. ...
... professional certification and accreditations (Walker et al., 2017;Abuzeinab et al., 2018;Mahamadu et al., 2019); Trust, commitment performance as compared to the competitors (Shokri-Ghasabeh and Chileshe, 2016;Sepasgozar et al., 2021); Performance, satisfaction the uniqueness of the product and services being offered by the sub-contractor (Matthews et al., 2017;Perrenoud et al., 2017); and Innovation, commitment support the sub-contractor provides to the main contractor (Liu et al., 2017;Mahamid, 2017) Organizational culture, contracts, purchasing strategies Source: Developed by authors CI 6. Discussion: antecedents shaping collaboration and controlling risk transfer Achieving seamless collaboration between the project partners is the main goal of organisation's project governance model to attain successful project delivery (ul Musawir et al., 2020). Project governance is defined as the framework within which all the decisions regarding the responsibilities and accountabilities regarding the interactions between the project participants are laid (PMBOKV R Guide, 2017). ...
... The detailed proposal (clarification) is then put into contract along with the contractor's price. The contract is finally signed and the contractor is obligatory to deliver the project in execution phase (Savicky et al., 2014). ...
... A study conducted by Lines et al. (2015) revealed that cost planning during the initiation stage can reduce the cost growth by approximately 54%, indicating the viability of the technique. However, by contrast, this study revealed 'preliminary project estimate,' which involves the calculation of 'cost per functional unit' and 'cost per m 2ʹ , as the most significant CCTT that can be used at project inception. ...
... A transparent, fair and open procurement system can attract contractors that can provide optimum arrangement of quality and whole life cost (Phillips et al., 2007). Kashiwagi et al. (2009) stated that if a contractor is forced and pressured to submit the lowest possible price, the level of performance would in turn be affected by the tendency to use lowest cost labour, material and tighter inspection. For better VE proposals, authorities should have in place clear procedures, procurement strategies and policies (Phillips et al., 2007). ...
... (Sullivan et al. Perkins et al. 2007;Sullivan et al., 2008). • 2007 -BV becomes a law in Minnesota to procure construction. ...
... PiPS is a procurement method that aims to select the most suitable contractor for the job, to spur this contractor on to highest performance, as well to reduce the client's management and control tasks (Kashiwagi, 2001(Kashiwagi, , 2003(Kashiwagi, , 2006. It was developed and introduced by Dean Kashiwagi at the Performance Based Studies Research Group of Arizona State University, USA (www.pbsrg.com). ...