Empirical and theoretical studies published will reflect the Journal’s interdisciplinary nature. Descriptions and comparisons of aspects of construction procurement will be particularly encouraged:

  • Understanding Construction Markets and Competition

    Structural and cultural configurations of the construction sector
    Present and future scenarios for construction procurement
    Supply and demand conditions: aggregation

  • Public Construction Procurement

    Developing and Developed Countries - reform agendas, capacity issues
    Institutions, legal processes, procedures, administration
    Transparency and accountability

  • Policy Through Procurement

    Social and Community Benefits
    Economic and Environmental Benefits
    Policy Conflicts - Competition versus Sustainability
    Procurement for Regeneration and Housing market renewal
    Employment, Small to Medium Sized Enterprises
    Intermediate labour markets, social enterprises
    Balance of markets and social capital
    Cultural change and trust in construction
    Ethical issues

  • Public Private Partnerships/Private Finance Initiatives

    Experience from different market sectors
    Risk Management, Whole Life Cycle Costing, Value for Money
    Project Resilience, Affordability, Governance
    Project Finance and Unitary Payments
    Innovations for sustainability

  • Clients and their Role in Procurement

    Determining mechanisms for client engagement
    Client experiences of newer procurement strategies

  • Construction and Facility Management - Procurement Issues

    From product procurement to product-service procurement
    Product upgrading, refurbishment, and re-manufacture and use for different purposes
    Supplier arrangements

  • Integrated Procurement Strategies

    Supply Chain Management
    Framework Agreements/Contracts

  • Procurement strategies in different sectors - commercial, housing, regeneration, health, prisons, education.

  • Value Procurement - Strategies and Processes

    Briefing and defining values
    Pre-qualification criteria
    Appointment of design and constructor teams
    Quality-Price Mechanisms
    Key Performance Indicators
    Contractual Arrangements
    Contract Forms

  • Conflict Management and Procurement Systems

    Procurement strategy as means of avoiding conflict
    Construction Conflict and Disputes
    Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Expert Witness, Litigation
    IT/IS and Construction Procurement
    Impact of IT/IS on construction procurement
    E-procurement and other E- applications

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Procurement (all areas welcome)

    Lean and agile perspectives
    Transactional economic theory

    Other areas include:

    • International procurement
    • Evolutionary developments and trends
    • Performance of procurement systems
    • Selection of procurement methods and contractual arrangements
    • Facilities management
    • Decision-making processes
    • Psychological, sociological and behavioural issues
    • Philosophical and ethical issues
    • Environmental influences
    • ICT-enabled procurement systems