1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Construction Project Procurement and Delivery Fundamentals, Trends and Imperatives

Edited By Mohan Kumaraswamy Copyright 2024
    432 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook provides the knowledge needed to design and deploy proactive construction project procurement and delivery systems based on essentials while addressing emerging construction industry imperatives in order to boost overall performance.

    Section 1 of the Handbook provides an overview, while Section 2 provides the fundamentals with fresh insights into the building blocks and trends in performance-linked procurement and delivery, including procurement strategies and commercial priorities, project briefs and management plans, design management, stakeholder management, risk management, ethics and professionalism, team building, information and knowledge management, digital aids, conflict, claims and dispute management, collaborative contracting, relationship-based teamworking and linking to built asset management.

    Section 3 explores and expands on specific trends, including sub-contractor selection, Building Information Modelling (BIM) in project cost management; off-site and modern methods of construction; 4IR/5IR technologies; and constructing for the circular economy, supply chain resilience and social value imperatives in this domain.

    While other books describe standard processes or focus on specific strategies such as design and build, target cost contracting or integrated project delivery, this Handbook presents the fundamentals of such processes and protocols together with invited specialist insights into growing trends and imperatives in holistic procurement and delivery.  

    Those who could benefit from this Handbook include academics, researchers, postgraduate students, policy makers and administrators, managers in both public and private sectors involved with planning and overseeing construction project procurement and/or delivery and undergraduates looking for a balanced introduction and useful insights into what is critical to the success of construction projects, organisations and the industry itself.




    Foreword: Ronald McCaffer

    Chapter 1 - Introduction, Rationale and Book Outline: Mohan M. Kumaraswamy



    Authored by Mohan M. Kumaraswamy, University of Hong Kong, HK SAR, China

             and University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


    Chapter 2 - Procurement Strategies and Commercial Priorities

    Chapter 3 - Project Opportunities, Innovations and Risk Management

    Chapter 4 - Ethics, Professionalism and the Construction Industry

    Chapter 5 - Private Public Partnerships - Core Principles and Key Trends

    Chapter 6 - Project Briefs and Project Management Plans

    Chapter 7 - Design Management

    Chapter 8 - Stakeholder Management

    Chapter 9 - Teambuilding, Team Culture and Communications

    Chapter 10 - Teamworking and Information & Knowledge Management

    Chapter 11 - Conflicts, Claims, and Disputes

    Chapter 12 - Collaborative Contracting and Relationship-based Teamworking

    Chapter 13 - Innovative Procurement and Delivery Approaches and Digital Aids

    Chapter 14 - Linking Construction Project Management to Built Asset Management

    Chapter 15 -  Constructing for Resilience and Sustainability



    Authored by invited Guest Author Contributors


    Chapter 16 - Owner involvement in the selection of Specialty Contractors  -

    Giovanni Migliaccio and Jaqueline Reyes, University of Washington, USA


    Chapter 17 - Applications of BIM in Project Cost Management and Associated Barriers: The Case of Hong Kong –

    Emmanuel Kingsford Owusu, Kassandra Hiu Tung Wong  and Albert P.C. Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


    Chapter 18 - CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE - building capabilities and withstanding vulnerabilities –

    Anushika Ekanayake, City University of Birmingham, UK


    Chapter 19 - SOCIAL VALUE IN PROCUREMENT – Incorporating Inclusivity and Equity in a Societal context –

    Hemanta Doloi, University of Melbourne, Australia


    Chapter 20 - on Improving Construction Circularity through Stakeholder Collaboration and Reverse Logistics

    Nicholas Chileshe and Raufdeen Rameezdeen, University of South Australia


    Chapter 21 - Unlocking the Full Potentials of Offsite Construction by Optimising its Procurement and Delivery –

    Sanaz Nesarnobari, Wajiha Shahzad, Mostafa Babaeian Jelodar and Monty Sutrisna, Massey University, New Zealand


    Chapter 22 - Harnessing 4IR/ 5IR Technologies for improved Procurement and Delivery

    Bankole Awuzie, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Alireza Moghayedi, University of the West of England, United Kingdom


    Mohan M. Kumaraswamy is an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong, HK SAR, China, and also at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM) and also Editor-in-Chief of the book series Domain-Specific Bodies of Knowledge in Project Management.

    "This is a much needed book that captures the critical contemporary issues in construction procurement and project delivery. Professor Mohan Kumaraswamy has done an excellent job of attracting contributions from eminent scholars around the world that complement his own core chapters and add value to this handbook. The book is a must-read for construction students, researchers and professionals and I highly recommend it to you." - Professor Chimay J. Anumba, Dean, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA


    "Poor understanding of the concept of project procurement has probably undermined the effort and aspiration to deliver projects successfully in the face of the significant challenges facing the construction industry. This book provides a critical body of knowledge in project procurement that I expect students, researchers and practitioners will find of great value. The book provides an analysis of  the different aspects of project procurement strategies and practices that are thought provoking and would motivate the reader to carefully evaluate current procurement practices and approaches." Prof. Mohammed Dulaimi, Professor of Construction Project Management and Innovation, Leeds Beckett University, UK.


    "The Routledge Handbook of Construction Project Procurement & Delivery provides project management students and practitioners with a unique and valuable combination of insights and tools to effectively procure and deliver more effective and efficient projects. The logically organised combination of contributions from internationally recognised subject matter experts provides readers with an up-to-date, informed and balanced approach to construction project management which recognises the complex social, human and technical considerations which need to be synthesised to deliver successful projects. The book provides a timely and relevant update on the substantial body of literature which already exists in this field and should be a key reference source for anyone wanting to keep up-to-date with this evolving field of practice and research." Prof. Martin Loosemore, Distinguished Professor, School of Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney, Australia


    "The book ‘Routledge Handbook of Construction Project Procurement and Delivery- Fundamentals, Trends, and Imperatives’ bridges a critical gap in extant built environment project and asset management domain through an elucidation of the critical contributions of construction project procurement to the attainment of project, organisational and societal objectives, and aspirations. It also succinctly highlights challenges confronting the utility of construction project procurement systems in achieving intended objectives and points out opportunities for optimising these systems. Serving as an authoritative compendium on construction project procurement and delivery, globally, this book draws from extensive industry and academic experience held by the principal author (editor) and the contributors in articulating the way forward for optimal project procurement and delivery practice in the contemporary construction industry with salient implications for the future. This book is a must-read for built environment professionals and academics as well as policymakers." - Prof. Alfred Ngowi, Professor, Construction Engineering and Management, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement, Central University of Technology, South Africa


    "The book fulfils its aim of proving its readers with what the editor calls a consolidated hard systems and soft systems handbook for addressing project performance through appropriate procurement and suitable delivery systems, with the right teams. The book should equip practitioners and researchers with the knowledge for formulating and applying proactive construction project procurement and delivery systems to suit the nature of the works and the contexts in which they are used. The book succeeds in analysing the core of the subject of procurement and proposing solutions to current challenges, and in outlining good practice for identifying and addressing emerging imperatives and future developments in the construction industry to improve performance." - Prof. George Ofori, Professor, London South Bank University, London, UK


    "Procurement is the aspect that has been least digitalised in the construction industry. Yet, it is the most fundamental of aspects that governs a construction project from planning to delivery. This book compiles and builds a unique body of knowledge in construction project procurement ranging from commercial priorities to resilience and sustainability, including examples of ways forward using 4IR/5IR Technologies. It also covers different types of construction projects from traditional building to offsite construction and infrastructure procurement both in public and private sectors. It is a highly recommended resource for students, academics and equally for industry practitioners who are stakeholders in procurement of construction projects." - Prof. Srinath Perera, Director, Centre for Smart Modern Construction c4SMC, Chair of Built Environment & Construction Management, School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia


    "This book conveys in one package, a comprehensive knowledge of construction project management, focusing on procurement and delivery from a whole project life cycle perspective. This value-adding perspective and expert insights into recent and growing trends in procurement and delivery are valuable contributions to academia and industry. This Handbook can not only be used as a textbook for university students but also as a 'must-read' to inspire professionals and also to help them to gauge such important trends in these critical areas. This will prepare them and their affiliated organisations much better, to benefit from these well-compiled essentials and trends in construction project procurement and delivery." - Prof. WANG, ShouQing, Professor, Dept of Construction Management, Tsinghua UniversityChief Expert, Center for PPP at Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China