Performance of engineering consultants in ISO 9000‐based quality management systems implementation

S. Thomas Ng (Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 1 December 2005



As many construction clients now require their consultants to seek accreditation under ISO 9000:2000, demonstrating customer satisfaction and continual improvement as required by the latest standards will become an important aspect for consultant practices. However, consultants seldom attempt to uncover the expectations of their clients, and this may hinder the improvement when their quality management systems (QMSs) are implemented and hence affect the satisfaction of their clients. The purpose of this paper is to examine the satisfaction of clients to the overall quality performance of engineering consultants in Hong Kong.


To assist engineering consultants to realise the clients' expectation, the expected benefits that construction clients would like to attain through the implementation of ISO 9000‐based QMSs and the perceived actual benefits the clients had received are identified through a postal survey.


The results indicate that the actual benefits were generally lower than that expected by the clients.


This paper is of value to those wishing to obtain accreditation under ISO 9000:2000 and improve their QMSs with respect to improving the satisfaction of their clients.



Ng, S. (2005), "Performance of engineering consultants in ISO 9000‐based quality management systems implementation", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 12 No. 6, pp. 519-532.

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