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Title: Project external environmental factors affecting project delivery systems selection
Authors: Liu, BS
Xue, B
Huo, TF
Shen, G 
Fu, MQ
Keywords: Project external environment
Project delivery systems
Granular computing
Empirical study
Key factors
Chinese projects
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Journal of civil engineering and management, 2019, v. 25, no. 3, p. 276-286 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of civil engineering and management 
Abstract: Project delivery systems (PDSs) selection is crucial to construction project management success. The matching between construction projects and PDSs is hypersensitive to project external environment. Existing studies on selecting PDSs mainly focus on owner's and project's characteristics and attach less attention to project environmental factors. This study, therefore, aims to formally identify key project external environmental factors affecting PDSs selection using a data-driven approach. Key factors are summarized and identified through the granular computing method based on 61 Chinese project samples. Empirical results indicate that four factors including market competitiveness, technology accessibility, material availability, and regulatory impact are critical to PDSs selection. This study extended previous research findings on PDSs selection from a perspective of project external environments. Research conclusions can be used as references underpinning construction owners selecting appropriate PDSs considering project external environmental factors.
ISSN: 1392-3730
EISSN: 1822-3605
DOI: 10.3846/jcem.2019.7460
Rights: Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). Published by VGTU Press.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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