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|Title:||Exploration of an agenda for transparency in the construction industry|
|Author(s):||Andre Nijhof, (European Institute for Business Ethics, Nyenrode Business University, Breukelen, The Netherlands), Johan Graafland, (Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands), Oskar de Kuijer, (KDO Advies, Leiden, The Netherlands)|
|Citation:||Andre Nijhof, Johan Graafland, Oskar de Kuijer, (2009) "Exploration of an agenda for transparency in the construction industry", Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 9 Iss: 3, pp.250 - 267|
|Keywords:||Construction industry, Quality costs, Risk management, The Netherlands|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/14714170910973484 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – In enhancing the market operation of the building sector, transparency is of great importance. The purpose of this paper is to propose an inventory of aspects of the relationships between public clients and executing parties that have the most urgent need for greater transparency.
Design/methodology/approach – The main methods used include a literature study and 20 interviews with managers of various organisations in the Dutch construction industry.
Findings – Based on this study, four essential points for transparency are determined: openness about risks and costs, measuring of quality-price ratios, reasons for award or rejection and enhancement of the reputation mechanism.
Research limitations/implications – This paper takes the Dutch context as a reference point for the analysis. When the findings are used also in other settings, it is necessary to address the differences in characteristics of the building sector.
Practical implications – The essential points for transparency addressed in this paper have consequences for especially the interaction between public clients and executing parties. Furthermore, conditions for transparency – like possibilities to judge quality in a more robust and transparent manner and methods for enhancing the reputation mechanism – point at necessary future research for improving transparency in the construction industry.
Originality/value – The Dutch construction industry is working through a transition process focused on improving its market operation, integral processes and societal added value. In this transition, transparency between clients and executing parties is of great importance.
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