Procurement policy and the adoption of integrated contracts for civil works by local authorities: a case study for the Netherlands

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    Abstract

    Innovative procurement policies has recently been the subject of debate and research in several countries around the world. The situation is no different in The Netherlands. An “Innovative Procurement” (IP) programme was implemented in 1999 with a view to increasing the use of integrated contract forms. National public clients have used these new and innovative contract forms. However, the same cannot be said for local authorities where its use has been incidental. There is therefore a need to examine the perceptions of local authorities regarding the implementation of integrated contracts. This is the motivation for this research. The results indicate there is an urgent need for local authorities to address important issues of outsourcing strategy, the division of responsibilities and co-operation between organisations to push positive change in procurement strategies. Furthermore, new European Union legislation favouring a more market-based policy has implications for current policy which favours procurement procedures based on funding thresholds. More importantly, the consequences are significant for smaller municipalities in The Netherlands, with their preference for invited and selected tender mechanisms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings CIB World Building Congress 14-18 May 2007; Capetown South Africa (CD-rom)
    Subtitle of host publicationConstruction for Development: Cape Town International Convention Centre on 14–17 May 2007, Cape Town, South Africa
    PublisherConstruction Industry Development Board
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2007
    Event17th CIB World Building Congress 2007: Construction for Development - Cape Town, South Africa
    Duration: 14 May 200718 May 2007

    Conference

    Conference17th CIB World Building Congress 2007
    CountrySouth Africa
    CityCape Town
    Period14/05/0718/05/07

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    Boes, H., & Dorée, A. (2007). Procurement policy and the adoption of integrated contracts for civil works by local authorities: a case study for the Netherlands. In Proceedings CIB World Building Congress 14-18 May 2007; Capetown South Africa (CD-rom): Construction for Development: Cape Town International Convention Centre on 14–17 May 2007, Cape Town, South Africa [359] Construction Industry Development Board.