MAUT-based dispute resolution selection model prototype for international construction projects

Hon Wan Edwin Chan, Henry C.H. Suen, Charles K.L. Chan

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Disputes are common in international projects because of contractual, cultural, and legal factors. The dispute resolution methods currently adopted in international projects are varying, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation, expert-determination, dispute resolution board, and minitrial. The problem in question is on how to select the most appropriate resolution method that can fit nicely in the nature of the dispute and the disputing parties' needs. A dispute resolution selection prototype (Model) based on the analytical hierarchy process and multiattribute utility technique (MAUT) is presented in this paper. The Model developed consists of five components: Selection factors, dispute resolution methods, utility factors, relative importance weightings, and user's preferred weightings. These were based on the quantitative data provided by 41 experts in the field, who were barristers, arbitrators, mediators, and project managers. The Model is considered beneficial to the industry, as it provides construction professionals with a systematic and objective approach in the management of international project disputes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-451
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006


  • Construction companies
  • Construction industry
  • Dispute resolution
  • International factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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