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Title: Improving public works’ value for money: a new procurement strategy
Authors: Marinelli, M
Antoniou, F
First Published: 2019
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, in press
Abstract: Purpose: This paper proposes a new procurement strategy with the aim to achieve higher value for money in public works delivery. Its main innovation lies in the possibility of optional submission of cost-efficient design variants by any interested contractor within the context of an open procedure. The final scope of works incorporates the variants approved, and all contractors are invited to submit a bid for the revised scope and budget. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is a piece of applied research presenting the development of a new, cost-effective procurement strategy for public works, geared at the EU legal framework. The strategy’s feature compilation has been based on comprehensive literature review while numerical data from a real world project were used to demonstrate its financial advantages. Findings: The proposed strategy enables the delivery of the best value project at the lowest cost possible. This is achieved through ensuring high competition among competent contractors, improving the cost efficiency of technical solutions, discouraging future scope changes and establishing objectivity, fairness and transparency in the process of contract award. Implications for practice: The use of the proposed strategy results in public projects of enhanced value for money, reduced constructability issues and less scope changes during the construction stage. Originality/value: The proposed strategy marks a new approach in procurement which enables the delivery of best value for money in public works. Therefore, it makes a valuable contribution towards the achievement of the overarching EU target for efficient public spending.
ISSN: 1753-8378
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
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