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A dynamic policy model to manage temporal performance amongst contracting firms in a competitive situation

Dangerfield, BC, Quigley, M and Kearney, JR 2008, A dynamic policy model to manage temporal performance amongst contracting firms in a competitive situation , in: Transformation through construction-joint 2008 CIB W065/W055 symposium proceedings, 15 - 17 November 2008, Dubai.

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      Abstract

      Studies have been conducted to measure competitiveness in the construction industry. Such research has focused on all levels from the national picture to individual projects. While useful, the results are limited in that they present a snapshot picture at one point in time. Moreover, they do not suggest how under-performance might be improved. The research reported here is part of a large collaborative study to evaluate sustained competitiveness in the UK construction industry. It enhances previous research in that a system dynamics model of contracting firms operating in competition is used to not only measure each firm’s temporal performance by means of a dynamic competitive index, but it can also suggest high leverage policies which mitigate against under-performance. The model structure is described and a simulated scenario run is presented. Besides the contribution to strategic policy making at the level of the contracting firm, the exemplar shows that the system dynamics methodology could have significant utility in the field of construction management.

      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
      Themes: Built and Human Environment
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Management Science and Statistics
      Journal or Publication Title: Procs of the Transformation through Construction conference, CIB W65/55, Dubai
      Refereed: Yes
      Depositing User: BC Dangerfield
      Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 10:40
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:11
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17839

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