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Rent-seeking behavior of BIM- and IPD-based construction project in China

Tingting Mei (Department of Management Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Qiankun Wang (Department of Management Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Yaping Xiao (Department of Management Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Mi Yang (Department of Management Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 15 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the rent-seeking behavior of stakeholders in construction projects and to provide a reference for further studies on collaboration in China, which could thus improve the collaborative management in construction and reduce the waste of resources.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the authors discuss and analyze the current situation of rent-seeking behavior in infrastructure construction projects, integrated project delivery (IPD), and the application of a building information model (BIM) in China. The authors analyze the collusive behavior between the supervision department and the contractor via the rent-seeking model on the basis of the game theory and present that BIM and IPD have a positive impact on rent-seeking activities of construction projects. The key factors influencing the rent-seeking activities from the perspective of the owner are studied via a questionnaire survey.

Findings

The research status of IPD in China includes the application of IPD, IPD collaborative management and the combination of lean construction (LC), IPD and BIM. The enthusiasm of the adoption of BIM and IPD is higher for design institute, construction units, research institutions and universities. The findings indicate that the owner appears to have a significant influence on stakeholders in construction projects, such as supervising efficiency, rewards and punishment. Therefore, the results also demonstrate that the construction project based on BIM and IPD can effectively avoid the rent-seeking activities of the participants.

Research limitations/implications

The findings are primarily based on questionnaire data originated from Central China; hence there are some limitations that are worth noting.

Practical implications

First, it provides compelling data evidence for the adoption of BIM and IPD in China. Second, it paves a solid foundation for the behavior of stakeholders in construction projects based on BIM and IPD.

Originality/value

In this paper, a game model of contractor, supervisor and owner is established, and a preliminary attempt is made to introduce BIM and IPD into the model for the behavioral research of participants.

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Citation

Mei, T., Wang, Q., Xiao, Y. and Yang, M. (2017), "Rent-seeking behavior of BIM- and IPD-based construction project in China", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 514-536. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-11-2015-0178

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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