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Construction Quality and the Economy

A Study at the Firm Level

  • Low Sui Pheng
  • Lau Shing Hou

Part of the Management in the Built Environment book series (MABUEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 1-19
  3. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 21-54
  4. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 55-63
  5. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 65-69
  6. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 85-88
  7. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 89-111
  8. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 113-151
  9. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 153-170
  10. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 171-179
  11. Low Sui Pheng, Lau Shing Hou
    Pages 181-188
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 189-268

About this book

Introduction

This book discusses the relationship between construction quality and the state of the Singapore national economy, and describes how construction quality is affected as contracting firms strategically manage issues relating to profitability and survivability during economic boom and bust cycles. 
 
Adopting a three-pronged approach to explain the key issues, the book first explains the effect of the state of the Singapore national economy (boom or bust) on the construction quality delivered by contracting firms. Secondly, it explains how contracting firms respond to the performance of the national economy through their dynamic bidding strategies, leading to significant quality trade-offs in some instances, especially when there is imprecise market information. Thirdly, it recommends various strategic measures that key stakeholders and government policy-makers can take to circumvent the quality trade-off in the construction industry when faced with dynamic fluctuations in the performance of the national economy.

Although the book focuses on Singapore, it appeals to a global audience since countries worldwide (and their respective building-related stakeholders) face the same issues in terms of the time–cost–quality trade-off decision-making process involving the entire supply chain.

Keywords

Construction Project Management Time-Cost-Quality Trade-Off Auction Theory Profit Maximization Theory Institutional Theory Construction Quality High Quality Built Environment economic recessions construction quality Singapore Construction Industry Firm Theory Decision Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Low Sui Pheng
    • 1
  • Lau Shing Hou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BuildingNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of BuildingNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-5847-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-5846-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-5847-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-0047
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-0055
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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