Project external environmental factors affecting project delivery systems selection

Bingsheng Liu, Bin Xue, Tengfei Huo, Geoffrey Shen, Meiqing Fu

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Project delivery systems (PDSs) selection is crucial to construction project management success. The matching between construction projects and PDSs is hypersensitive to project external environment. Existing studies on selecting PDSs mainly focus on owner’s and project’s characteristics and attach less attention to project environmental factors. This study, therefore, aims to formally identify key project external environmental factors affecting PDSs selection using a data-driven approach. Key factors are summarized and identified through the granular computing method based on 61 Chinese project samples. Empirical results indicate that four factors including market competitiveness, technology accessibility, ma-terial availability, and regulatory impact are critical to PDSs selection. This study extended previous research findings on PDSs selection from a perspective of project external environments. Research conclusions can be used as references under-pinning construction owners selecting appropriate PDSs considering project external environmental factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-286
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Civil Engineering and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Chinese projects
  • Empirical study
  • Granular computing
  • Key factors
  • Project delivery systems
  • Project external environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Strategy and Management

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