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Professional judgement and the mapping of the building project price forecasting process

Fortune, C and Lees, M 2004, 'Professional judgement and the mapping of the building project price forecasting process' , RICS Research Paper Series, 4 (24) , pp. 1-23.

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Abstract

This study contributes to what is known about the building project budget price forecasting process. The research has developed a greater understanding of the effect that judgement has on that process. As a result of this study the process map related to building project price advice has been extended and deepened. The work adopted a two-phased combined research approach. The first phase required a mailed survey to be carried out with a convenience sample of quantity surveying organisations located across England. The second phase required a total of fifteen in-depth interviews to be executed, with informed practitioners, in two separate rounds of data collection. The study provided evidence that building project price forecasters were prone to making systematic errors of judgement when considering subject related word problems. The study then identified a number of ‘cues’ used by practitioners to form their intuitive judgements and confirmed the nature and significance of the heuristics found to distort the quasi-rational judgements of professionals in practice. The report concludes by identifying issues that need to be addressed in future studies to further develop this process map of professional practice. The capture of best practices on the ground in this sphere of professional practice would contribute towards the development of an inter-active simulator that would facilitate the development of expertise in novice practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Research Centre for Education in the Built Environment (RCEBE)
Journal or Publication Title: RICS Research Paper Series
Publisher: RICS
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1-84219-179-9
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2007 12:43
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/690

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