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Contractor selection criteria: a study on Malaysian public construction projects

Rashid, Izwan and Ismail, Syuhaida and Mohamed, Zainai and Saleh, Abd. Latif (2018) Contractor selection criteria: a study on Malaysian public construction projects. International Journal of Engineering & Technology, 7 (3.25). pp. 65-70. ISSN 2227-524X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.14419/ijet.v7i3.25.17471


The complexity of a construction project renders the implementation of a systematic approach in selecting contractors to be of vital importance, especially for the public construction projects. Nevertheless, public construction projects in Malaysia often suffer from delay, over budget and low-quality issues. These are very much affected by the contractors who tend to manipulate the tender price with the sole intention of getting the contract, thus led to many issues throughout the projects delivery. Hence, this paper is aimed to investigate a list of contractor selection criteria for public construction projects in Malaysia. A total of 43 selection criteria have been identified and categorised into seven categories from an initial review via content analysis. These findings were then verified via a questionnaire survey, which was responded by 276 local Malaysian construction industry practitioners. Data collected were analysed using the IBM Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS). The analysis showed that all 43 selection criteria were significant in selecting contractors. It is hoped that the findings of this paper would encourage the governing bodies and authorities to consider the use of multi criteria assessment in selecting contractors for public construction projects, rather than being solely reliant on the tendered price.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:contractor selection, selection criteria, construction projects, public projects, Malaysia
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:84865
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:29 Feb 2020 12:38
Last Modified:29 Feb 2020 12:38

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