Evaluating the procurement documents of Dutch water boards portfolio: A step towards more reliable public clients

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Although a considerable amount of literature has addressed the public procurement in the construction industry, still little is known about procurement in small and repetitive activities. In practice, however, public clients are often involved in repetitive tasks such as maintenance activities. Dutch water boards, regional governmental bodies responsible for providing water management services, are the focus of this study. For this research, three main procurement documents of the water boards were performed using content analysis. The aim is to evaluate these documents and to identify the typology of the repetitive activities and the procurement volume of these tasks from a portfolio perspective of the public client. Most of the contractors/suppliers involved in these activities are local Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The findings of the study indicate that insights into the typologies of these repetitive works and their expected volume over time delivers crucial value for the public procurer. Given the amount of repetitive works procured by public clients, creating such an insight to both clients as well as contractors can ultimately increase efficiency and improve investment opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th Annual Conference
EditorsApollo Tutesigensi, Christopher J Neilson
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-9955463-6-3
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • public client
  • public procurement
  • repetitive works
  • water
  • portfolio

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