Evaluation of construction contractor performance: A critical analysis of some recent research

Rick Best*, Craig Langston

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International comparisons of construction industry performance are notoriously difficult. A recent comparative study, extensive in scope and using an innovative approach, is reviewed and questions raised regarding various aspects of the methodology adopted, the validity of the conclusions drawn and manner in which outcomes were reported. Particular areas of concern include the unequivocal statement of conclusions that are based on a small sample, and the use of data from that sample that are, in fact, no more than estimates of project performance. Attention is drawn to the limitations of the research reported and the reliability of the methods used, and the data gathered is examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-445
Number of pages7
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


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