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Defining the intelligent public sector construction procurement client

By B. Aritua, S. Male and D.A. Bower


Recent efforts and aspirations to transform the delivery of\ud major capital programmes and projects in UK public\ud sector construction by focusing on achievement of value\ud for money, whole life asset management and sustainable\ud procurement have led to the adoption of integrated\ud procurement routes characterised by multiplicity of\ud stakeholders with a diversity of differing and often\ud competing requirements. A study of the challenges faced\ud by the public sector to deliver present and future major\ud capital programmes and projects gravitates to the role of\ud the intelligent client, and concomitant skills and\ud capabilities. The results of the multiple case studies\ud research show that the challenges of this role are\ud especially evident at the interface between the internal\ud organisation and the external suppliers and advisors from\ud the private sector. The research concludes that the\ud intelligent client role requires an individual champion with\ud a unique set of skills working in an environment of a\ud supporting team and capable organisation

Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers
Year: 2009
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