Theoretical perspectives on the development of a meta-methodology for value management
Green, S. (1996) Theoretical perspectives on the development of a meta-methodology for value management. In: CIB W092 International Symposium on Procurement Systems: North meets South: developing ideas, 14-17 Jan 1996, Durban, South Africa, pp. 168-179.
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This paper provides a new set of theoretical perspectives on the topic of value management in building procurement. On the evidence of the current literature it is possible to identify two distinct methodologies which are based on different epistemological positions. An argument is developed which sees these two methodologies to be complementary. A tentative meta-methodology is then outlined for matching methodologies to different problem situations. It is contended however that such a meta-methodology could never provide a prescriptive guide. Its usefulness lies in the way in which it provides the basis for reflective practice. Of central importance is the need to understand the problem context within which value management is to be applied. The distinctions between unitary, pluralistic and coercive situations are seen to be especially significant.