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Title: Awarding construction contracts on multicriteria basis in China
Authors: Shen, LY
Li, QM
Drew, D
Shen, QP 
Issue Date: 2004
Source: Journal of construction engineering and management, 2004, v. 130, no. 3, p. 385-393
Abstract: China's entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will allow both domestic and overseas construction firms to compete under the same market conditions. This development will lead to a more rigorous participation from overseas construction professionals in the Chinese construction market. Nevertheless, this participation can only be effective or successful when there is a proper understanding about the construction procurement practice in China. The Chinese construction practice has its own characteristics, such as governmental regulations, professional qualification systems, and procurement systems. These characteristics present a different practice in awarding construction contracts from that in the West. This paper investigates the characteristics of construction business environment in China and identifies the key parameters used in assessing contractors' competitiveness for awarding construction contracts in the market. The parameters are useful tools for assisting contractors in identifying their strength and weakness, thus reengineering actions can be adopted for improving competitiveness. A case study is used to demonstrate how these multiple parameters are used in the process of awarding contracts in the local market.
Keywords: China
Competition
Construction industry
Contracts
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Journal: Journal of construction engineering and management 
ISSN: 0733-9364
EISSN: 1943-7862
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2004)130:3(385)
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