Factors influencing subcontractor and main contractor relationships in Melbourne construction industry

Sagoo, A., Calafiore, S., Scott Young, C., Farnes, K. and Gharehbaghi, K., 2018. Factors influencing subcontractor and main contractor relationships in Melbourne construction industry. In: RICS COBRA 2018: Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London 23-24 April 2018. London: RICS London. ISBN 9781783212729

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Abstract

The Construction Industry in Australia is plagued by mistrust and deception and the biggest feeder to this environment is the volatile relationship between the projects’ main contractor and its subcontractors. To date the majority of the research inquiry has largely centred on the main contractor’s perspective with little consideration given to the views and opinions of subcontractors. This is a working paper and is part of a wider research project which aims to provide academics and practitioners with factors influencing distrust within the contractual relationship. Hence this research investigates the importance of subcontractors to industry and the influencing factors that promote the lack of collaboration and distrust. The initial findings are presented based on literature review and a structured questionnaire distributed to 30 randomly selected Australian contractors working in the commercial construction industry operating in Melbourne, Victoria. The findings suggest that the contractual obligations of a standard form contract such as overtime, retention payments, unclear scope of works, unsigned variation dockets, variation works, hidden clauses in contracts, withholding drawing revisions and extension of time were to blame, as well as deceptive measures which have now become standard practice and occur on-site daily.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Sagoo, A., Calafiore, S., Scott Young, C., Farnes, K. and Gharehbaghi, K.
Publisher: RICS London
Place of Publication: London
Date: 23 April 2018
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Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 29 Oct 2019 16:20
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2019 16:20
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38071

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