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A comparison of client and contractor attitudes to prequalification criteria

Mills, Anthony and Skitmore, Martin 1999, A comparison of client and contractor attitudes to prequalification criteria, in Harmony and profit in construction procurement : CIB W92 (Procurement Systems) and CIB TG23 (Culture in Construction) joint symposium, Asian Institute of Technology, School of Civil Engineering, Pathum Thani, Thailand, pp. 699-708.

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Title A comparison of client and contractor attitudes to prequalification criteria
Author(s) Mills, Anthony
Skitmore, Martin
Conference name CIB W92 International Procurement Systems Symposium (1999 : Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Conference location Chiang Mai, Thailand
Conference dates 25-28 Jan. 1999
Title of proceedings Harmony and profit in construction procurement : CIB W92 (Procurement Systems) and CIB TG23 (Culture in Construction) joint symposium
Editor(s) Ogunlana, Stephen O.
Publication date 1999
Conference series CIB W92 International Procurement Systems Symposium
Start page 699
End page 708
Total pages 10
Publisher Asian Institute of Technology, School of Civil Engineering
Place of publication Pathum Thani, Thailand
Keyword(s) benefits
costs
criteria
perceptions
prequalification
standardisation
Summary Contractor prequalification is concerned with assessing the likelihood of contractors meeting client and project requirements. The criteria used in this assessment have been developed in a largely idiosyncratic manner to date and with little or no consultation with the contractors affected. As a result, contractors are faced with a variety of calls for information by prequalifiers, the collection of which can be quite costly. This is leading to expensive duplication of effort by contractors in providing what is often similar information but in different formats. Furthermore, previous research has shown that the benefits of the information to prequalifiers are uncertain - many prequalifiers analyse the information in only a cursory manner. What is needed is some form of cost-benefit analysis to be carried out which will establish a common set of criteria for all to use.

As a precursor to this, the research described in this paper compares the different attitudes of both prequalifiers and contractors to prequalification criteria commonly in use in the Australian building industry. This was carried out via a postal questionnaire involving 49 contractors and 15 prequalifiers across Australia. The respondents were divided into three groups; (1) contractors doing work for mainly private sector clients and (2) contractors doing work for mainly private sector clients, and (3) construction prequalifiers (clients).

The results show that both clients and contractors have divergent opinions on the importance and value of the criteria in use. The possible reasons for these differences are discussed and the likely implications for future research in the topic.
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ISBN 9748577872
9789748577876
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©1999, AIT
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037072

Document type: Conference Paper
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