PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to field a critical response to Kog and Yaman (2016) specifically; and more widely, to strengthen debate on contractor selection (CS) research.Design/methodology/approachCritical narrative and opinion based on personal worldview, experiential knowledge and future insight/vision.FindingsIt is argued that enduring CS research has become somewhat stagnated. It has over-emphasised selection process models vis-à-vis the reliability and currency of their processing components, and has inadequately focused on achieving real-life impact.Research limitations/implicationsThe principal implication is to engender constructive debate in the field and encourage a change of direction in CS research. The limitation is that this response reflects a personal view and so will be open to “challenge”.Practical implicationsPotential to encourage increased practicability, accessibility and generalisability of CS research products, leading to their increased real-life take-up and improved impact on practice.Social implicationsFor society, the optimal implications would be improved project outcomes; healthier stakeholders’ financial interests; and an enhanced constructed environment.Originality/valueThe content is entirely original insofar as it comprises a personal viewpoint.
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 16, 2018
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