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2011 Awards for Excellence
Article Type: 2011 Awards for Excellence From: Construction Innovation, Volume 12, Issue 1
The following article was selected for this year’s Outstanding Paper Award for Construction Innovation
"Contractor selection innovation: examination of two decades published research"
Gary HoltDepartment of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
Purpose – The problem of selecting a contractor has attracted significant academic research endeavour over the last two decades. The principal aim here is to examine that research via published academic outputs for the period circa 1990-2009. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of published contractor selection (CSn) research is critically appraised. Aspects highlighted include: stated aims and research justification, methodological approaches employed, research tools used, and products of CSn research. Findings – Main research foci are observed as: modelling the CSn process, studying selection criteria, and interrogation of existing CSn systems. Foci justifiers are linked mainly to the importance and difficulties of CSn decision making. Deterministic modelling of CSn is the favoured methodological approach, followed by documentary synthesis then questionnaire surveys. Preferred research tools are found to be system interrogation, rank order analysis, and Likert scale/importance indices, with hypothesis testing and other methods used less so. Almost two-thirds of research products are CSn models, with derived or proffered processes, and knowledge relating to CSn criteria, between them representing approximately the remaining third of output. Research limitations/implications – It is suggested that many of the CSn models exhibit as much complexity as the original problem they sought to resolve, while the reliability and longevity of suggested cocktails of CSn criteria (in practice), might be questioned. A call for future research products to more closely consider end-user impact and potential for take-up by industry is made. An empirical follow-on study to assess (inter alia) practitioner use and value of CSn research is proposed.Practical implications – The paper signals a possible need for greater industrial engagement in the research domain.
Originality/value – The findings are novel to this paper. Keywords Civil and political rights, Justice, Economics, Political philosophy. www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/03068291011082810
This article originally appeared in Volume 37 Number 11, 2010, pp. 839-51, of International Journal of Social Economics, Editor: Professor Leslie Armour
The following articles were selected for this year’s Highly Commended Award www.emeraldinsight.com/authors
"Using ANP priorities with goal programming in optimally allocating marketing resources"Gul Polat
This article originally appeared in Volume 10 Number 3, 2010, Construction Innovation
Outstanding ReviewerProfessor Peter LoveCurtin University of Technology, Australia
Dr Wafaa NadimBritish University in Egypt, Egypt