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Influence of selection criteria on clients’ satisfaction with construction consultancy services in Nigeria

Chukwuemeka Patrick Ogbu (Department of Quantity Surveying, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria)
Monday Omogiate Imafidon (Department of Quantity Surveying, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 9 July 2021

Issue publication date: 6 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

To receive a satisfactory consultancy service, a construction client must first select suitable consultants. While numerous criteria for the selection of construction consultants have been suggested in the literature, their influence on client satisfaction has hardly been statistically established. This study aimed to reduce the criteria for the selection of construction consultants into a more manageable set of fewer factors and ascertain the influence of the factors on client satisfaction.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were gathered through a purposively administered cross-sectional survey of public sector clients in Nigeria. Analyzes were done using relative importance index, factor analysis and multiple regression analysis.

Findings

The results proved that the criteria for the selection of consultants can, in the order of decreasing influence on client satisfaction, be grouped into service delivery approach (SDA), relationship with the client, the caliber of personnel, firm reputation and firm certification. However, SDA is more influential on client satisfaction. All the factors were found to have significant statistical effects on clients’ overall satisfaction with consultancy services.

Originality/value

The study demonstrates the extent to which construction consultant selection criteria are relevant to client satisfaction. It shows that SDA is the most important predictor of clients’ satisfaction with consultancy services. The results are helpful for grouping consultant selection criteria in future studies, and in guiding clients on the weights to assign to consultant selection criteria during tender evaluation.

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Citation

Ogbu, C.P. and Imafidon, M.O. (2022), "Influence of selection criteria on clients’ satisfaction with construction consultancy services in Nigeria", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 20 No. 6, pp. 1519-1537. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-02-2021-0081

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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