Procuring Complex Performance in Construction: London Heathrow Terminal 5 And a Private Finance Initiative Hospital

Caldwell, N.D.; Roehrich, J.K. and Davies, A.C. (2009). Procuring complex performance in construction: London Heathrow Terminal 5 and a Private Finance Initiative Hospital. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 178-186.

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Nigel Caldwell

Heriot-Watt University

Jens Roehrich

University of Bath - School of Management

Andrew Davies

Independent

Date Written: April 12, 2009

Abstract

This paper takes as its starting point that complex projects, interpreted as multiple dependent interactions between many stakeholders over time, challenge traditional procurement practices based on the serial purchase of discrete components. The paper examines how the procurement management of such projects – procuring complex performance – can be conducted. The paper utilises two contrasting case study examples of high profile UK construction project procurement. The findings suggest that the choice of mechanisms or interfaces for the governance of upstream supply relationships critically relates to subsequent performance. The theoretical contribution is a fusion of procurement literature with the influential CoPS literature.

Keywords: procuring complex performance, contracts and relationships, infrastructure projects

Suggested Citation

Caldwell, Nigel and Roehrich, Jens and Davies, Andrew, Procuring Complex Performance in Construction: London Heathrow Terminal 5 And a Private Finance Initiative Hospital (April 12, 2009). Caldwell, N.D.; Roehrich, J.K. and Davies, A.C. (2009). Procuring complex performance in construction: London Heathrow Terminal 5 and a Private Finance Initiative Hospital. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 178-186., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2951823

Nigel Caldwell

Heriot-Watt University

Riccarton
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland EH14 1AS
United Kingdom

Jens Roehrich (Contact Author)

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Andrew Davies

Independent ( email )

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