Procurement method selection in practice: A journey to discover the optimal

Peter Love, Jim Smith, Michael Regan

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Determining the optimal procurement approach for capital works is a challenging task considering the array of procurement methods available and criteria that must be assessed. To assist a public sector client with this complicated decision making process, a procurement method selection process was developed. A focus group compromising of key stakeholders involved with an educational capital works project used the developed approach to determine an appropriate solution for their needs. Overwhelmingly, participants supported the outcome albeit, a small minority who had limited wider exposure to alternative methods initially perceived their bastion (i.e. a default Traditional Lump Sum (TLS), to be a credible option. Indeed, those participants with limited knowledge procured almost 95% of capital works projects using a TLS and did not adopt a formal approach to procurement method selection. As a clear indicator of demonstrable impact, it can be reported that the approach presented in this paper is now being used by the public sector agency responsible for capital works. The pragmatic approach developed enabled decision-makers to constantly re-evaluate outcomes during each stage of the process in the form of recommendations that were grounded in practice, reflection and detailed evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings W092 - Special track: Procurement systems
Subtitle of host publication18th CIB World Building Congress
EditorsP. Barrett, D. Amaratunga, R. Haigh, K. Keraminiyage, C. Pathirage
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherCIB Publications
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventCIB World Building Congress: Building a Better World - The Lowry, Salford Quays, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 May 201013 May 2010
Conference number: 18th


ConferenceCIB World Building Congress
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySalford Quays
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Love, P., Smith, J., & Regan, M. (2010). Procurement method selection in practice: A journey to discover the optimal. In P. Barrett, D. Amaratunga, R. Haigh, K. Keraminiyage, & C. Pathirage (Eds.), Proceedings W092 - Special track: Procurement systems: 18th CIB World Building Congress (pp. 49-64). Rotterdam: CIB Publications.