Project external environmental factors affecting project delivery systems selection

    Bingsheng Liu Affiliation
    ; Bin Xue Affiliation
    ; Tengfei Huo Affiliation
    ; Geoffrey Shen Affiliation
    ; Meiqing Fu Affiliation


Project delivery systems (PDSs) selection is crucial to construction project management success. The matching between construction projects and PDSs is hypersensitive to project external environment. Existing studies on selecting PDSs mainly focus on owner’s and project’s characteristics and attach less attention to project environmental factors. This study, therefore, aims to formally identify key project external environmental factors affecting PDSs selection using a data-driven approach. Key factors are summarized and identified through the granular computing method based on 61 Chinese project samples. Empirical results indicate that four factors including market competitiveness, technology accessibility, material availability, and regulatory impact are critical to PDSs selection. This study extended previous research findings on PDSs selection from a perspective of project external environments. Research conclusions can be used as references underpinning construction owners selecting appropriate PDSs considering project external environmental factors.

Keyword : project external environment, project delivery systems, granular computing, empirical study, key factors, Chinese projects

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Liu, B., Xue, B., Huo, T., Shen, G., & Fu, M. (2019). Project external environmental factors affecting project delivery systems selection. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 25(3), 276-286.
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