An Empirical Study in Subcontractor Selection and Long-Term Alliance Relationship between Main-Contractor and Subcontractor

Patrick X.W. Zou, Benson T.H. Lim
2006 International Journal of Construction Management  
This paper aims to identify the main contractors' current practice in subcontractor selection and their perception towards the long-term alliance relationship with their subcontractors. Fifteen interviews were conducted with executives of eight main contracting firms in Australia. The research found that the subcontractors were chosen mainly through selective or open tendering using the criteria of "past performance, technical capability, reputation, financial stability, experience on similar
more » ... rk and lowest price". With regard to long-term relationship, the research found the main motivation is "to achieve organisational competitive advantages", and the key successful elements include "trusting behaviour, honesty, open communication and top management commitment", while the proactive strategies to achieve the long-term relationship include "organise regular meetings, provide incentive financial scheme, maintain constant contacts, provide project programming ownership and provide structured and detail documentation". It is concluded that, with the aim of enhancing organisational competitive advantage, while selective and open tendering are the main means for subcontractor selection, the main contractors understand the importance and key successful elements of long-term relationship with their subcontractors and they have adopted some strategies to develop and maintain the long-term relationships.
doi:10.1080/15623599.2006.10773078 fatcat:33x3viwx5zdslicrvvfd45zq74