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Bon, R and Crosthwaite, D (2001) The future of international construction: some results of 1992-1999 surveys. Building Research & Information, 29(03), 242–7.

Chandra, V and Loosemore, M (2011) Communicating about organizational culture in the briefing process: case study of a hospital project. Construction Management and Economics, 29(03), 223–31.

Chowdhury, A N, Chen, P-H and Tiong, R L K (2011) Analysing the structure of public-private partnership projects using network theory. Construction Management and Economics, 29(03), 247–60.

Davidson, C H (2001) Technology watch in the construction sector: why and how?. Building Research & Information, 29(03), 233–41.

Koskela, L and Vrijhoef, R (2001) Is the current theory of construciton a hindrance to innovation?. Building Research & Information, 29(03), 197–207.

Laryea, S (2011) Quality of tender documents: case studies from the UK. Construction Management and Economics, 29(03), 275–86.

Li, H, Guo, H L, Skitmore, M, Huang, T, Chan, K Y N and Chan, G (2011) Rethinking prefabricated construction management using the VP-based IKEA model in Hong Kong. Construction Management and Economics, 29(03), 233–45.

Mbachu, J and Frei, M (2011) Diagnosing the strategic health of an organization from SWOT analysis results: case study of the Australasian cost management profession. Construction Management and Economics, 29(03), 287–303.

Seaden, G and Manseau, A (2001) Public policy and construction innovation. Building Research & Information, 29(03), 182–96.

Shan, Y, Goodrum, P M, Zhai, D, Haas, C and Caldas, C H (2011) The impact of management practices on mechanical construction productivity. Construction Management and Economics, 29(03), 305–16.

Slaughter, E S (2001) Design strategies to increase building flexibility. Building Research & Information, 29(03), 208–17.

Stouffs, R (2001) Visualizing information structures and its impact on project teams: an information architecture for the virtual AEC company. Building Research & Information, 29(03), 218–32.

Tabish, S Z S and Jha, K N (2011) Analyses and evaluation of irregularities in public procurement in India. Construction Management and Economics, 29(03), 261–74.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: corruption; India; irregularities; public sector procurement
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2010.549138
  • Abstract:
    Public procurement is prone to corruption, which in the global construction market alone accounts for an estimated US$340 billion per year. There is a growing need for procurement systems to be able to fight corruption and improve the effectiveness, efficiency, fairness and transparency of public procurement. A comprehensive list of irregularities in public procurement is derived from irregularities observed during technical vigilance inspections by experts and reported cases. The research involved a questionnaire survey, Delphi method and an empirical investigation of the dynamics of irregular practices in public procurement. The survey revealed the top 15 most frequent irregularities. The irregularities have been classified under five categories: transparency, professional standards, fairness, contract monitoring and regulation and procedural irregularities. The ranking of these categories reveals that transparency is the key factor requiring prime attention. The other categories are of nearly equal importance. A framework for good procurement is developed and actions proposed under five categories to curb corruption in public procurement. The framework and the irregularities can be related systematically to various aspects of combating corruption, and hence should fulfil the urgent need of policy-makers, professional staff, regulators and consumers.