A preliminary survey of attitudes to UK construction procurement practice

Will Hughes, Rami Djebarni

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    Although much literature on construction procurement is based on personal experiences, there is little data available to undertake realistic comparison between regions or from one year to another. A survey was undertaken in the UK to examine the feasibility of developing a replicable survey technique that will enable longitudinal studies and international comparisons. The survey showed that a majority felt traditional procurement methods were inappropriate. However, traditional general contracting is still the most common form of procurement. There was strong agreement that economic muscle compels weaker contracting parties to accept onerous contractual terms. There is no relationship between the size of a project and its procurement method, contrary to popular belief. The findings indicate that wider surveys would generate useful data about attitudes.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherDepartment of Construction & Engineering, University of Reading
    Publication statusPublished - 1994


    • attitudes
    • contract structures
    • procurement
    • project management
    • survey


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