A conceptual model of subcontractor development practices for LEED projects

Ofori-Boadu, Andrea N. and Owusu-Manu, De-Graft and Edwards, D.J. and Asiseh, Fafanyo (2020) A conceptual model of subcontractor development practices for LEED projects. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. ISSN 0969-9988 (In Press)

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Purpose – This paper presents a conceptual model of effective subcontractor development practices to guide general contractors’ development of a network of high-performing subcontractors (SCs) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects.
Methodology - Drawing from supplier development theories and practices in the manufacturing sector, a mixed interpretivist and empirical methodology is adopted to examine the body of knowledge within literature for conceptual model development. A self-reporting survey questionnaire with a five-point Likert scale is used to assess 30 construction professionals’ perceptions of the effectiveness of 37 SC development practices classified into five categories. Descriptive statistics, weighted means, and t-tests are used for data analysis. Findings – SC pre-qualification, commitment, incentives, evaluation and feedback practices can be effective in generating high-performing SCs. Practices that require more direct involvement and linkages between GC and SC are perceived to be less effective.
Research Implications - Theoretical contributions include a framework to foster future research to advance knowledge and understanding to enhance the adoption and implementation of SC development practices in the construction sector.
Practical Implications – Implementation of ranked SC development practices can equip GCs with a network of high-performing SCs for improved competitive advantage and revenues.
Originality/value – The proposed conceptual model expands discussions on the modification of supplier development theories and practices currently utilized in the manufacturing sector towards their application in the construction sector. This research differs from previous research, which focused primarily on the manufacturing sector.

Item Type: Article
Date: 12 July 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: supplier; development; practices; construction; subcontractor; contractor; LEED; conceptual model; manufacturing; program; adoption; implementation.
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 12:31
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 12:31
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9604

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