Relative importance of subcontractor selection criteria: evidence from Singapore

Andreas Hartmann, Florence Yean Yng Ling, Jane S.H. Tan

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Subcontractors carry out a large portion of the work done in construction projects. Thus, selecting the right subcontractor essentially contributes to the project's success. We designed a choice-based conjoint experiment to examine the relative importance of four criteria in the subcontractor selection process of main contractors from Singapore: price, technical know-how, quality, and cooperation. Although main contractors adopt a multicriteria selection process and perceive all four criteria to be important for their choice decision, the actual choice situation reveals that price is still by far the most important selection criterion, followed by quality, cooperation, and technical know-how. Main contractors are not willing to compromise on price but accept a lower performance of a known subcontractor on the remaining criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-832
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of construction engineering and management
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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  • METIS-259184


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