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Title: A critical investigation of the briefing process in Hong Kong's construction industry
Authors: Shen, GQP 
Chung, JKH
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Facilities, 2006, v. 24, no. 13-14, p. 510-522
Abstract: Purpose - This paper aims to investigate briefing in the construction industry in Hong Kong. Specifically, it sets out to discover the current practices on briefing in the industry and the limitations of these practices. Design/methodology/approach - This study consists of a literature review and a pilot study, structured focus group interviews and semi-structured interviews. Findings - The study has revealed that current practices, although have been in operation for a long time, have a number of limitations such as lacking in a comprehensive framework; lacking in identification of client requirements; lacking in contributions from clients; lacking in involvement of stakeholders; and inadequate time spent on the briefing. It is concluded that these limitations must be properly addressed by the industry in order to improve the briefing and to avoid subsequent problems in the design and construction phases, and that more resources should be allocated. Originality/value - So far, little work has been undertaken to study the practice of briefing in sufficient depth in the construction industry in Hong Kong. This paper improves our comprehension of the nature of client requirements and provides valuable insights into the details of briefing in the public and private sectors of the local industry.
Keywords: Construction industry
Hong Kong
Project brief
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Journal: Facilities 
ISSN: 0263-2772
EISSN: 1758-7131
DOI: 10.1108/02632770610705284
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