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Boyd, D and Bentley, D (2012) A critique of conceptions of design and management in construction projects. Construction Management and Economics, 30(06), 441-54.

Bröchner, J, Josephson, P-E and Kadefors, A (2002) Swedish construction culture, quality management and collaborative practice. Building Research & Information, 30(06), 392–400.

Erman, E (2002) Timber joint design: the geometric breakdown method. Building Research & Information, 30(06), 446–69.

Jennings, W (2012) Why costs overrun: risk, optimism and uncertainty in budgeting for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Construction Management and Economics, 30(06), 455-62.

Lehtiranta, L, Kärnä, S, Junnonen, J-M and Julin, P (2012) The role of multi-firm satisfaction in construction project success. Construction Management and Economics, 30(06), 463-75.

Ofori, G (2002) Singapore's construction: moving toward a knowledge-based industry. Building Research & Information, 30(06), 401–12.

Pietroforte, R and Miller, J B (2002) Procurement methods for US infrastructure: historical perspectives and recent trends. Building Research & Information, 30(06), 425–35.

Reeves, K (2002) Construction business systems in Japan: general contractors and subcontractors. Building Research & Information, 30(06), 413–24.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: business systems; construction business system; contracting system; contractors; subcontractors; Japan
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=vcu4tghb0qe3c0fb
  • Abstract:
    The Japanese construction sector is characterized by the predominance of large general contractors, with multiple layers of small contractors and subcontractors working under their umbrella. Against the background of huge construction demand created by modernization (starting in 1868) and the resultant changes in the construction business (building style, materials and project scale), large general contractors and subordinate subcontractors gradually created a distinctive contracting system. The development process of the construction business based on collaboration and not free competition is discussed with particular emphasis on the unique nature of the contracting system using historical and institutional based analysis. One of the competitive strengths of general contractors lies with project organization at construction sites. How the subcontracting of the building projects is controlled by general contractors and how subcontractors respond to their subordinates position is explored. Current strengths, inefficiencies and problems of the construction business are identified and possible systemic reforms are suggested, such as the development of competent subcontractors to revitalize the Japanese construction industry along actions for contractors, subcontractors, private and public sector clients.

Rwelamila, P D (2002) Creating an effective construction industry strategy in South Africa. Building Research & Information, 30(06), 435–45.

Shi, Q, Zuo, J and Zillante, G (2012) Exploring the management of sustainable construction at the programme level: a Chinese case study. Construction Management and Economics, 30(06), 425-40.

Yuan, X X (2012) Bayesian method for the correlated competitive bidding model. Construction Management and Economics, 30(06), 477-91.