Let’s change tack, not wind direction: a response to Kog and Yaman (2016)

Gary D. Holt (School of Engineering, Saveetha University, Chennai, India)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 16 April 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to field a critical response to Kog and Yaman (2016) specifically; and more widely, to strengthen debate on contractor selection (CS) research.

Design/methodology/approach

Critical narrative and opinion based on personal worldview, experiential knowledge and future insight/vision.

Findings

It is argued that enduring CS research has become somewhat stagnated. It has over-emphasised selection process models vis-à-vis the reliability and currency of their processing components, and has inadequately focused on achieving real-life impact.

Research limitations/implications

The principal implication is to engender constructive debate in the field and encourage a change of direction in CS research. The limitation is that this response reflects a personal view and so will be open to “challenge”.

Practical implications

Potential to encourage increased practicability, accessibility and generalisability of CS research products, leading to their increased real-life take-up and improved impact on practice.

Social implications

For society, the optimal implications would be improved project outcomes; healthier stakeholders’ financial interests; and an enhanced constructed environment.

Originality/value

The content is entirely original insofar as it comprises a personal viewpoint.

Keywords

Citation

Holt, G. (2018), "Let’s change tack, not wind direction: a response to Kog and Yaman (2016)", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 335-341. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-02-2017-0019

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