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Journal Cover Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building
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   ISSN (Print) 1445-2634 - ISSN (Online) 1837-9133
   Published by U of Technology Sydney Homepage  [7 journals]
  • Lessons learnt from the use of relationship-based procurement methods in
           Australia: clients’ perspectives

    • Authors: Farshid Rahmani, Malik M A Khalfan, Tayyab Maqsood
      Pages: 1 - 13
      Abstract: This paper aims to review the use of various construction procurement systems and present the development of Relationship-Based Procurement (RBP) Methods currently in use within the Australian construction industry. Therefore, this paper provides the historical development of procurement briefly and then focuses on the adoption of Relationship-Based Procurement (RBP) approaches in the Australian construction industry to investigate the future direction of the collaborative project procurement arrangements. Semi-structured interviews with high-level managers in the Australian state government organizations have been conducted to answer the research question. A discussion has been presented about the potential future tendency of the industry in adopting a RBP. The findings suggest that even though relationship based procurement systems offer significant benefits; they are not popular among the public sector decision makers because of inability to demonstrate Value for Money (VfM) propositions for public projects. Other reasons which may cause a move away from using RBPs in the future include the need for managers to fully engage throughout the project, and the lack of collaborative environment within the construction industry in general. 
      PubDate: 2016-06-13
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016)
  • Exploring the knowledge ‘base’ of practitioners in the
           delivery of sustainable regeneration projects

    • Authors: Julius Akotia, Alex Opoku, Charles Egbu, Chris Fortune
      Pages: 14 - 26
      Abstract: In recent years, sustainable regeneration has been recognised as being of major economic and social concern in the world. In the UK for instance, government has initiated a number of policies and evaluation methods to deal with some of the environmental problems associated with regeneration projects. However, the post construction evaluation of these projects has often resulted in them being seen as not achieving their set objectives. Attempts aimed at evaluating the impact of sustainability by built environment practitioners have primarily been limited to their assessment of the projects’ potential environmental impacts, with the associated socio-economic impacts being neglected. There has not been any well-defined built environment research that has been able to deal holistically with the broader issues of sustainability in terms of benefits/impacts of the regeneration projects to the communities concerned. The findings of an exploratory study that adopted a semi-structured interview approach for data collection, to explore the knowledge and understanding of fifteen practitioners who are often involved in the delivery of these projects are presented. The findings reveal a lack of knowledge and understanding of sustainability as well as structured mechanism/practices for evaluating the socio-economic sustainability factors in relation to regeneration projects. 
      PubDate: 2016-06-13
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016)
  • Exploring the beliefs of Australian prefabricated house builders

    • Authors: Dale A Steinhardt, Karen Manley
      Pages: 27 - 41
      Abstract: The housing sector accounts for a majority of newly constructed buildings. Prefabrication, defined as the factory construction of houses or significant components, is widely promoted as a means to improve efficiency. This paper focuses on the research questions: RQ1. What are the attitudes of builders towards prefabrication adoption? RQ2. What types of stakeholders do builders believe influence their adoption decisions? RQ3. What types of contextual influences do builders believe impact their adoption decisions? Current prefabrication research has focused on the advantages and disadvantages of prefabrication, without further unpacking the beliefs of stakeholders that underpin them. This paper addresses this gap and increases the understanding of beliefs that can frame interventions to increase the market penetration of prefabrication. Fourteen interviews with Australian prefabricators were undertaken as a Belief Elicitation Study. This qualitative methodology is framed by the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). Results show that modern high-quality prefabricated housing has struggled to overcome historical stigma; improved construction speed has not and is not likely to translate to reduced totals costs for a majority of firms; and prefabrication adoption has been hindered by an almost completely unsupportive industry infrastructure. Recommendations are made to frame arguments in improving short-term outcomes for an industry driven by practical considerations. Future discourse must focus on cost impacts, financial security and risk reduction. Establishing networks of prefabricators that can build a strong, unified voice for the industry should be prioritised. 
      PubDate: 2016-06-13
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016)
  • Factors determining the success of public private partnership projects in

    • Authors: Afeez Olalekan Sanni
      Pages: 42 - 55
      Abstract: The implementation of public private partnership (PPP) procurement method is expected to help governments in the development of infrastructures and provides an opportunity for the reduction in the governments’ debt profiles. This method has been adopted in Nigeria for more than a decade and with these years of implementation, few infrastructural projects have been developed using this method while some have been unsuccessful. This study aims to examine the PPP projects implementation in Nigeria and identify the most critical factors that could determine the success of such projects. A total of 184 questionnaires were received from public and private sectors’ participants in the implementation of PPP projects. An exploratory factor analysis identified seven critical success factors as projects feedback, leadership focus, risk allocation and economic policy, good governance and political support, short construction period, favourable socio-economic factors, and delivering publicly needed service. This study shows that more developmental projects could be delivered through PPP if the government could focus on these main factors in the implementation process. The result will influence policy development towards PPP and guide the partners in the development of PPP projects. 
      PubDate: 2016-06-13
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016)
  • Input–output structures of the Australian construction industry

    • Authors: Chunlu Liu, Shimeng He
      Pages: 56 - 70
      Abstract: The Australian construction industry continues to play an important role in the national economy. Analysis using input–output tables makes it possible to understand the role of the construction industry in Australia’s economy and its relationships to other major industries over years. This study applies several economic indicators to investigate the construction industry’s contributions to gross national product and gross national income, as well as its backward and forward linkage indicators, and its output and input multipliers. The paper also investigates the purchases of goods and services by the construction industry from other sectors and its sales to other industries over the analysis period. Findings from this research may help policymakers to better understand the economic linkages between the construction industry and other major industries, and the structural changes in its inputs and outputs in relation to these others. 
      PubDate: 2016-06-13
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016)
  • Review of research trend in international construction projects: a
           bibliometric analysis

    • Authors: Wahyudi P Utama, Albert P.C. Chan, Hafiz Zahoor, Ran Gao
      Pages: 71 - 82
      Abstract: This paper presents the latest research development in international construction project (ICP) domain from 1995 to 2014 as revealed in the construction management related journals. A systematic document retrieval method was employed to collect relevant articles. The identified papers were analyzed by using bibliometric analysis comprising the investigation of the number of publication, the main originators of the research contributions, their affiliations, the most cited papers, and the sources of research funding as well as the research methods used. Ninety-eight relevant articles obtained from 12 major journals associated with construction management studies were successfully assessed. The results show an upward trend with some fluctuations during the period and the bibliometric information of ICP studies was successfully presented.  
      PubDate: 2016-06-13
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book Review - Cost Studies of Buildings

    • Authors: Thayaparan Gajendran
      Pages: 83 - 84
      Abstract: Cost Studies of BuildingsAshworth, A. and Perera, S. (2015). Cost Studies of Buildings. 6th Ed. London: Routledge. 570 pages.  ISBN 978-1-138-0735-1.
      PubDate: 2016-06-13
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016)
  • From ideas to construction innovations: firms and universities

    • Pages: 76 - 89
      Abstract: The purpose here is to study patterns of project collaboration found in one government supported programme for construction innovation. Preferred types of interaction were identified using data from two questionnaire surveys, one with experienced construction sector respondents and one aimed at construction researchers. All sixteen development projects within the Swedish Bygginnovationen programme were investigated, relying on documents and a survey of project managers. Important types of interaction, according to construction respondents, are informal contacts, joint research projects and staff mobility. For university respondents, informal contacts is also seen as the most important type of interaction, followed by MSc thesis work in firms and industrial PhD candidates. Grant applicants from manufacturing depended more on university laboratories and were less sensitive to firm/university distance. Laboratory use was also more frequent for projects relying on the field of materials engineering. In conclusion, there is a consensus about which types of collaboration are valuable. The broadness of participation in the programme, ranging over many industries, both as to origin of ideas and ultimate applications, reaches beyond narrow interpretations of the construction industry. Policy makers should recognize the innovation importance of university laboratory facilities and field testing, rather than seeing researchers as sources of ideas.
      PubDate: 2016-03-08
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 1 (2016)
  • Insights of project managers into the problems in project management

    • Authors: Peter Vincent Livesey
      Pages: 90 - 103
      Abstract: A Delphi study using project managers who had managed projects in excess of $500 million was used to confirm the significance and frequency of problems resulting from the nature of projects. Using the results obtained from the Delphi study a ranking of the problems experienced in these projects was obtained by calculating a Relative Importance Index. Additionally, the Delphi panel members were asked their views concerning the need for traditional project management skills (hard skills) and team management skills (soft skills) as project size increased from below $50 million to over $500 million. A substantial increase in the need for both skills was indicated with the increase in the need for soft skills being the most significant.
      PubDate: 2016-03-08
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 1 (2016)
  • Book Review - The Soft Power of Construction Contracting Organisations

    • Authors: Thomas Ng, Kelvin Wong
      Pages: 104 - 105
      Abstract: Cheung, S. O.,  Wong, P. S. P. and Wing Yiu, T. W. eds., 2015. The Soft Power of Construction Contracting Organisations. London: Routledge. 226 pages. ISBN – 9781138805286.
      PubDate: 2016-03-08
      Issue No: Vol. 16, No. 1 (2016)
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