The Impact of Team Selection on Project Performance

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The Impact of Team Selection on Project Performance

One early, high-impact decision that owners must make is the selection of their procurement method. Traditionally, the public sector prefers low-bid selection; however, projects initiated based on the lowest price may not meet quality requirements ormore importantlymay lead to adversarial relationshipsbetween stakeholders. Thus, some owners have begun to use best-value selection. Although previous studies indicated that best-value selection can provide significant benefits for some projects in terms of cost, time, and quality, no study specifically sought to understand the details of what happens during the project in terms of interactions among team members. To address this knowledge gap, this qualitative study explores the behavioral changes of stakeholders in best-value projects in the U.S. construction industry. Our research asks: How does best-value procurement influence stakeholder behavior in the design and construction industry? What challenges have owners/designers-builders/contractors faced through the best-value process? Which steps improve best-value implementation in the construction industry? What did thestakeholders learn from being involved in a best-value-procured project? By addressing these questions,this study helps practitioners and researchers explore team behavior in best-value projects.