This research sets out to critically review the role of standard forms of contract, and in particular to compare FIDIC with NEC, as they are among the most popular contracts in the world.

Construction disputes are a classic topic in the project management scholarship and a plethora of research has been published seeking more understanding and better treatment for this endemic disease. The extant literature includes a growing body of scientific inquiry investigating the role of contracts in dispute materialisation as well as minimisation.

The main aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of FIDIC and NEC in reducing disputes in the Palestinian construction industry.  The critical review reveals that contracts may minimise disputes and NEC appears to be more capable than FIDIC to do so. However, an industrial perspective is be explored to examine the extent of improvement, if any.

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