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A preliminary survey of attitudes to UK construction procurement practice

Hughes, W. ORCID: and Djebarni, R., (1994) A preliminary survey of attitudes to UK construction procurement practice. Working Paper. Department of Construction Management & Engineering, University of Reading, Reading. (Unpublished)

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Although much literature on construction procurement is based on personal experiences, there is little data available to undertake realistic comparison between regions or from one year to another. A survey was undertaken in the UK to examine the feasibility of developing a replicable survey technique that will enable longitudinal studies and international comparisons. The survey showed that a majority felt traditional procurement methods were inappropriate. However, traditional general contracting is still the most common form of procurement. There was strong agreement that economic muscle compels weaker contracting parties to accept onerous contractual terms. There is no relationship between the size of a project and its procurement method, contrary to popular belief. The findings indicate that wider surveys would generate useful data about attitudes.

Item Type:Report (Working Paper)
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:4278
Uncontrolled Keywords:contract structures, procurement, project management
Publisher:Department of Construction Management & Engineering, University of Reading


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