Public commissioning in a new era: Public value interests of construction clients

Lizet Kuitert, Leentje Volker, Marleen H. Hermans

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In the construction industry public and semi-public clients increasingly depend on private parties to achieve project outcomes by subcontracting part of their activities using integrated contracts. Due to their social-political responsibilities, public bodies retain having a special role in ensuring public values. Classifying which public values to pursue, at what moment, in which situation or by what type of service delivery is a core task of construction clients and gets reflected in governance and project mechanisms. In this paper we aim to systematically explore public value interests of public construction clients in their relation to the contractor. This paper presents preliminary results of a set of semi-structured interviews with different actors playing a part in commissioning of organisations with different degrees of publicness. Results show that procedural values related to the public character still get much attention. However, today's more collaborative process of delivering public services seems to have led to a shift in focus towards the product related values of innovation, sustainability and quality. Future research will examine governance mechanisms and frameworks to deal with identified experienced sector-specific conflicts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 33rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2017, Cambridge, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management
EditorsPaul W Chan, C J Neilson
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780995546318
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual ARCOM Conference 2017 - Cambrige, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20176 Sept 2017
Conference number: 33


Conference33rd Annual ARCOM Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleARCOM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Public construction client
  • Public service delivery
  • Public value


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