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Title: Monitoring building operation and maintenance contracts
Authors: Lai, JHK 
Yik, FWH
Keywords: Buildings
Performance monitoring
Service operations
Transaction costs
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Facilities, 2007, v. 25, no. 5-6, p. 238-251 How to cite?
Journal: Facilities 
Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of the paper is to study the use of management tools and their costs for monitoring building operation and maintenance (O&M) service contracts. Design/methodology/approach - The management tools usable for monitoring building O&M contracts were reviewed, with their characteristics highlighted and compared. A series of face-to-face interviews with practitioners looking after building O&M contracts was conducted to collect empirical information, followed by data analysis and discussion of the results. Findings - The paper finds that using balanced scorecard or benchmarking to monitor building O&M contracts was unpopular. The use of customer satisfaction survey was rather common. The cost for monitoring contracts through performance review meeting and O&M audit was measured. It tended to reduce in relative amount with larger scale of contracts. Research limitations/ implications - More research is needed to study the effect of factors, including propriety of contract, complexity of work, contractual relationship, capability and quality of the contract and management teams on contract monitoring effort. Further works may take a similar approach of the study to investigate other transaction cost elements. Practical implications - The cost amounts for implementing the management tools inform practitioners about their significance relative to the amounts for procuring O&M services. How to make effective use of management tools to monitor O&M contracts should be investigated. Originality/value - It has been demonstrated how to measure the cost for using management tools to monitor building O&M contracts. The reviewed characteristics of the management tools and the unveiled amounts of contract monitoring cost are useful information to O&M practitioners.
ISSN: 0263-2772
EISSN: 1758-7131
DOI: 10.1108/02632770710742200
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