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Benchmarking contractor selection practices in public‐sector construction—a proposed model

E. PALANEESWARAN (Department of Civil Engineering, The Unversity of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
M.M. KUMARASWAMY (Department of Civil Engineering, The Unversity of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

Benchmarking of best practices has proved useful in the business and manufacturing sectors. However, benchmarking is not established in the construction industry in general and in government organizations in particular. A study of the contractor selection methodologies used by various clients confirms the multiplicity of approaches in practice. This paper aims at identifying some relevant ‘best’ practices and highlighting ‘innovative’ contractor selection approaches that have been used by large public clients. A ‘co‐operative’ and ‘non‐competitive’ conceptual benchmarking model is formulated and presented with a view to encouraging continuous improvement in contractor selection for construction projects.

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PALANEESWARAN, E. and KUMARASWAMY, M.M. (2000), "Benchmarking contractor selection practices in public‐sector construction—a proposed model", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 285-299. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb021153

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