Architects and engineers AE need to possess both hard and soft skills. Soft skills are important because AE interact in organizational settings instead of working by themselves. Soft skills may be grouped under conscientiousness, initiative, social skills, controllability and commitment. As part of a larger study on the selection of consultants by designbuild DB contractors in Singapore, a survey was conducted to gauge whether contractors felt that soft skills are important for consultants to carry out their design tasks in DB projects. From the literature, attributes relating to these skills were identified. Data were collected via mailed questionnaire. The questionnaire requested respondents to indicate on a fivepoint scale the importance of various soft skills. It was found that all the soft skills, which were operationalized into 14 attributes, are important factors that contractors look for when selecting consultants. It is, therefore, concluded that contextual performance is important and relevant.
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 2000