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Title: Rethinking partnering among quantity-surveying firms in Nigeria
Authors: Olatunji, SO
Olawumi, TO 
Aje, IO
Keywords: Barriers
Organizational issues
Quantity-surveying firms
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of construction engineering and management, 2017, v. 143, no. 11, 05017018, p. 2 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of construction engineering and management 
Abstract: This paper explores the benefits and barriers to partnering in quantity-surveying (QS) firms in Nigeria, and suggests projects and professional services best served by this practice. A mixed research design informs the identification of related concepts from extant literature and data collection from 132 registered members of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) which were analyzed using statistical tools. The commitment of top management is found to be a key barrier to QS firm partnering. The facilitation of knowledge exchange and inclusivity is the most significant benefit. In this paper, feasibility studies, expert advice, and lifecycle costing are key services of QS firms that would benefit from partnering, and research findings also favor engineering projects as core projects in which QS firms should utilize partnering. This study presents project stakeholders with practical and efficient strategies to facilitate the implementation of partnering arrangements to execute construction projects and has considerable implications for the quantity-surveying practice because it recommends professional services and projects with greater viability for the partnering arrangement.
ISSN: 0733-9364
EISSN: 1943-7862
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001394
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