This paper looks at a theoretical framework aimed at the development of an electronic system for guiding clients in the selection of an appropriate building procurement option is presented.
There has been an increase in procurement options in the UK and each of the available options has its own intrinsic strengths and weaknesses. Failure to select an appropriate option can impact negatively on the achievement of the project objectives. It has been recognised that the way in which many clients and their advisors select a procurement route for their projects can be unstructured, ill-timed and subjective.
A theoretical framework aimed at the development of an electronic system for guiding clients in the selection of an appropriate building procurement option is presented. An exploratory research approach using a qualitative survey was adopted for the study. A total of 28 semi-structured interviews were conducted with industry professionals, academics and procurement experts to enable the exploration of procurement selection practices commonly adopted in the UK. All the interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were then analysed using content analysis.
The findings confirm the need for a holistic approach in choosing a procurement route. They also establish the basis for the theoretical framework upon which an electronic system will be developed and can then be tested. The framework will enable a systematic appraisal of all the available procurement options before making a final choice.
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