Application of Delphi method in selection of procurement systems for construction projects

Ping Chuen Chan, Hiu Kwan Yung, Tsun Ip Lam, C. M. Tam, S. O. Cheung

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A number of procurement selection systems have been developed over the last decade. The use of multi-attribute decision analysis has been considered the foremost technique for examining client needs and the weightings of preferences from experts for each procurement system in the most objective way available. However, the major difficulty of these selection models lies in the lack of consensus among the experts on the utility factor of the selection criteria. To overcome these deficiencies, a Delphi technique was adopted to develop a multi-attribute model. Four rounds of Delphi surveys were conducted. A statistically significant consensus on the weighting of the utility factors for each procurement system was obtained from eight experts. The results vividly reveal that the Delphi method is a powerful and appropriate technique for deriving objective opinions in a rather subjective area such as the multi-attribute model for the selection of procurement system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-718
Number of pages20
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2001


  • Delphi method
  • Multi-attribute
  • Procurement system
  • Selection model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Management Information Systems
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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