Title: E-readiness of construction contract forms and e-tendering software

 

Author: Robert Eadie; Phillip Millar; Srinath Perera; George Heaney; Gerald Barton

 

Addresses:
School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland BT37 0QB, UK.
School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland BT37 0QB, UK.
School of the Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University, Ellison Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK.
School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland BT37 0QB, UK.
Geda Construction, 36 Moor Road, Coalisland, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland BT71 4QB, UK

 

Journal: Int. J. of Procurement Management, 2012 Vol.5, No.1, pp.1 - 26

 

Abstract: Eadie et al. (2010a, 2010b) reported on a set of drivers and barriers to construction e-procurement which encompasses e-tendering. The study identified 20 drivers and 30 barriers to e-procurement. Legal issues were identified collectively as one of the most important barriers. Although Martin (2003, 2008) identified that the impact of e-procurement and e-tendering had not been as expected, he nevertheless indicated that e-tendering could improve the tender process. This paper reports on an investigation into the e-readiness of the four most popular forms of contract. It also considers the attempt of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to promote e-procurement software as a standard for the private sector of the construction industry. The paper concludes that the NEC Form of Contract is the most e-ready followed by the JCT 2005 Form of Contract. It also establishes that there is still a considerable gap in achieving industry standard e-procurement software solutions.

 

Keywords: construction contract forms; electronic procurement; e-procurement use; e-readiness; e-tendering; electronic tendering; tender process; forms of contract.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2012.044151

10.1504/12.44151

 

 

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