WONG, CHEE H., Holt, Gary David and HARRIS, PHIL (2001) Multi-criteria selection or lowest price? Investigation of UK construction clients' tender evaluation preferences. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 8 (4). pp. 257-271. ISSN 0969-9988
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/eb021187
The ‘lowest-price wins’ philosophy has been a consistent theme of contractor selection over the years. To comprehensively elucidate this selection preference and compare it with the use of a multi-criteria selection (MCS) approach in the tenderer evaluation process, this paper investigates MCS tender price selection preferences. That is, project-specific criteria (PSC) and lowest-price wins selection practices of UK construction clients, in both building and civil engineering works at in detail via results of the empirical survey. The investigation provides further insight into the evaluation of contractors' attributes (i.e. PSC). Levels of importance assigned (LIA) for each criterion were analysed (i.e. quantitative analysis of the differences in opinions and, variance amongst the respondents) in a multivariate statistical method. Importance attached by construction clients to the ‘lowest-price wins’ philosophy is also presented. Contrast was made between the MCS approach and the ‘lowest-price wins’ option amongst the surveyed construction clients. It was found that increased awareness of the use of PSC prevailed amongst the survey construction clients. This indicated that cost has to be tempered with the evaluation of PSC and the attempt of construction clients searching for a new evaluation paradigm (i.e. adoption of MCS approach rather than basing on the lowest-price wins alone).
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Contractor evaluation; Evaluation criteria; Lowest-price wins; Multi-criteria selection; Project-specific criteria|
|Subjects:||Engineering > Civil engineering|
|Schools:||Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Engineering|
|Deposited By:||Gary David Holt|
|Deposited On:||19 Aug 2013 10:11|
|Last Modified:||09 Aug 2016 15:19|
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