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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School of Technology > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Construction and Infrastructure > Factors Influencing Contractor Performance: An International Investigation

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Title: Factors Influencing Contractor Performance: An International Investigation
Authors: Xiao, Hong
Proverbs, David G.
Citation: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19(5): 322-332
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Group Ltd.
Journal: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue Date: 2003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29538
DOI: 10.1108/09699980310502937
Additional Links: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do?contentType=Article&contentId=845805
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Abstract: International comparisons of contractor performance can provide robust benchmarks for contractors in different countries and help to identify ways towards performance improvement. Based on a hypothetical construction project, overall contractor performance (OCP) in Japan, the UK and the USA is compared. Overall contractor performance is defined to embrace construction cost, construction time, construction quality and sustainable development, the philosophy being that the achievement of one aspect of performance should not be at the expense of another. Multiple regression analysis reveals that overall contractor performance is dependent on: their past performance on previous similar projects; their commitment towards lifetime employment; their perceived importance of time performance; their relationship with subcontractors; and the number of design variations during construction. To improve their overall performance, contractors are advised to focus on construction time, reduce delays, maintain a stable workforce and establish partnerships with their subcontractors. Clients should attempt to reduce design variations during construction. (Emerald Group Publishing Limited)
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Construction industry
Construction contracts
Construction project organisation
Construction planning
Construction management
Subcontracting
Contract workers
Performance measures
Multiple regression analysis
Performance monitoring
ISSN: 09699988
1365232X
Appears in Collections: Construction and Infrastructure

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