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Title: Multilayer subcontracting of specialist works in buildings in Hong Kong
Authors: Yik, FWH
Lai, JHK 
Keywords: Buildings
Hong Kong
Labour law
Multilayer subcontracting
Specialist works
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: International journal of project management, 2008, v. 26, no. 4, p. 399-407 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of project management 
Abstract: Multilayer subcontracting has been alleged to be one of the major causes of poor construction quality in Hong Kong. A thorough understanding of how the multilayer subcontracting system works is critical to evaluating its benefits and drawbacks and, in turn, to deciding if the practice should be put under regulatory control or moderated through other measures. Until now, little research has been done on this topic. A portrait of the working of the multilayer subcontracting system for specialist works in buildings has been constructed through assembling the pieces of information collected from practitioners in the building construction industry of Hong Kong. This unveils that the system is highly efficient in mobilizing workers to cope with fluctuating labour demand and is effective in ensuring workers will perform reasonably efficiently. The system, however, is prone to problems of non-payments for lower-tier subcontractors and workers, which will lead to project delays and work quality problems. The direction for mitigating the problems without losing its flexible and efficient features is discussed.
ISSN: 0263-7863
EISSN: 1873-4634
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2007.05.009
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