Construction project procurement routes: an in-depth critique

Adekunle Sabitu Oyegoke, Michael Dickinson, Malik M.A. Khalfan, Peter McDermott, Steve Rowlinson

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine different categories of building project procurement routes based on organisational, contractual, financial and technical issues.

    Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on review of literature and conditions of contracts. The UK construction industry serves as a general frame of reference. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors survey of Contracts in Use from 1985 to 2004 is used to probe the share and value of contracts along different procurement routes and across different conditions of contracts in the UK. The logic is that the value and the share of contracts will indicate the behaviour of different procurement routes in the UK construction market while the in-depth analysis of conditions of contracts will show the gaps and relationships between the general definition/categorisation and contractual context (conditions of contracts) of each of the procurement routes.

    Findings – The preliminary result of the analysis shows that traditional routes remain the main type of procurement route for the construction project industry sector, within which different management and incentivisation systems are applied for greater efficiency. The conditions of contracts in the UK support this assertion by aligning different procurement routes to different conditions of contracts and additionally specifying different forms of agreements, special provisions and incentivisation in order to increase performance, reduce risks and improve compensation methods.

    Research limitations/implications – The study can serve as a learning opportunity for construction project stakeholders internationally, and clients in particular, to differentiate between procurement routes, management-oriented systems, relational contracting and incentivisation.

    Originality/value – The research provides an original assessment of construction procurement which can be used as intervening tool in different levels of private and public procurement strategies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)338-354
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Managing Projects in Business
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Construction industry
    • Contracts
    • Procurement
    • United Kingdom


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