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Birrell, G S (1985) General Contractors' Management: How Subs Evaluate IT. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 111(03), 244–59.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Contractors; Construction management; Performance characteristics;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(1985)111:3(244)
  • Abstract:
    A large set of criteria by which top quality subcontractors evaluate the managerial performance of general contractors under whose management they have worked during the construction process and by which they may differentiate their bids to different generals for the same future project are listed and described. These criteria can also be seen as the intrinsic managerial, cost‐and time‐sensitive factors by which general contractors or any manager of construction could improve performance, competitiveness and profitability. It also describes separate, “most important” and “super‐important” subsets of the foregoing criteria/factors for office and site staff, etc., and the range of effects of the generals' good and bad managerial performance against these criteria/factors on the costs and duration of the subcontractors' work. The cost and duration effects, etc., that each lump sum bidding general contractor and appointed construction management agent has on the subcontractors' work are compared, and the carefully formatted research process which produced these results is outlined.