Identification of key competences of design-builders in the construction market of the People's Republic of China (PRC)

Bo Xia, Ping Chuen Chan, John F.Y. Yeung

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Design-builders play a vital role in the success of DB projects. In the construction market of the People's Republic of China, most of the design-builders, however, lack adequate competences to conduct the DB projects successfully. The objective of this study is, therefore, to identify the key competences that design-builders should possess to not only ensure the success of DB projects but also acquire the competitive advantages in the DB market. Five semi-structured face-to-face interviews and two rounds of Delphi questionnaire survey were conducted to identify the key competences of design-builders. Rankings have been assigned to these key competences on the basis of their relative importance. Six ranked key competences of design-builders have been identified, namely: (1) experience with similar DB projects; (2) capability of corporate management; (3) combination of building techniques and design expertise; (4) financial capability for DB projects; (5) enterprise qualification and scale; and (6) credit records and reputation in the industry. The design-builders can make use of the research findings as guidelines to improve their DB competence. These research findings will also be useful to clients during the selection of design-builders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1152
Number of pages12
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • China
  • Competence
  • Competitive advantages
  • Delphi method
  • Design and build
  • Procurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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