The adoption, efficiency and usage of electronic tendering within UK construction

Oppong, Daniel (2011) The adoption, efficiency and usage of electronic tendering within UK construction. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This project is considering the adoption, efficiency and usage of the E-tendering within the UK construction. E-tendering can be defined as the process of issuing, receiving and managing tender documentation through electronic means, which makes the procurement of construction work and the award of contracts easier. The widely used paper based method of tendering has been common place within the construction industry for a significant number of years, but with recent technological advancements, this traditional process is becoming used less widely in the UK construction industry. Several major projects within the UK are now being procured through the e-tendering process, including the multi billion pound development for the Olympic Games in London for 2012.

    However, while these prestigious projects are embracing e-tendering technology, it is not certain as to what extent e-tendering is used across the construction sector generally. This research is primarily concerned with establishing the current status, practicalities and resource effectiveness of e-tendering within UK construction. Results are provided from an industry survey which includes both quantitative and qualitative data. The research result showed that e-tendering can provide significant resource savings to a major part of the supply chain, with the key benefits being enhanced time management and reduced costs. However, a considerable proportion of the industry remains uncertain about embracing new technologies, with reluctance to change being perceived as the greatest barrier.

    The research findings suggest that many professionals within the UK construction industry recognise a requirement for increased implementation of e-tendering, but feel that training, education and support from senior management are essential requirements for e-tendering to become widely accepted in the future.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 15:32
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:53
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6101

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