Decision-Making Framework for Construction Clients in Selecting Appropriate Procurement Route

Muhammed Bolomope*, Abdul Rasheed Amidu, Saheed Ajayi, Arshad Javed

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    Procurement decision-making is a crucial determinant of project success. Although several objective, stage-based models have been proposed to guide clients’ procurement choices, little emphasis has been made on the subjective nature of construction clients. Recognizing the role of clients’ experiences in justifying procurement routes, this study develops a decision-making framework that is capable of guiding construction clients in making informed procurement choices. Adopting a mixed-method approach, comprising semi-structured interviews and multi-objective optimization, relevant procurement options were appraised based on clients’ specifications and project deliverables. The lived experiences of construction clients and the importance they attach to pre-defined selection rating criteria were subsequently evaluated, using a template that enables clients to prioritize procurement methods for different project types. The resultant framework offers a holistic, practical, and collaborative procurement selection process that promotes the efficient delivery of construction projects by reducing the cost overrun and delays associated with uninformed client decisions in construction procurement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2192
    Number of pages16
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2022

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    Funding: This research received no external funding.


    • construction
    • construction clients
    • construction procurement
    • decision-making


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