Co-operation and competition in the construction industry of the Netherlands


Dorée, André and Holmen, Elsebeth and Caerteling, Jasper (2003) Co-operation and competition in the construction industry of the Netherlands. In: ARCOM nineteenth Annual Conference, 3-5 September 2003, University of Brighton (pp. pp. 817-826).

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Abstract:In 2002, a Parliamentary Enquiry Committee exposed widespread
collusion practices in the Dutch construction industry. The construction
industry in the Netherlands is in turmoil and is seen as not living up to
the standards that society requires. There seems to be a culture and an
environment that induces and sustains economic offences and
malpractices. Furthermore, performance and progress are not keeping
pace with other industries. The Parliamentary Enquiry Committee
recommended a rethinking construction type of reform initiative. In
several countries around the globe, there are ongoing efforts to reform
construction. International evidence, as presented at the "revaluing
construction" confe rence in February 2003 in Manchester
(CIB/UMIST), shows a trend towards more co-operative relationships
and integrated procurement. Pivotal in all reform initiatives are changes
in the approach towards public sector procurementi, with public clients
acting as leading clients in the reform. The aim of the project presented
in this paper is to study construction industry reform from the
theoretical perspective of industrial organisation economics and market
dynamics theory. The project connects the construction industry
(reform initiatives) with the emerging theoretical insights on dynamic
competition. The construction industry might be a good example to test
the newly emerging insights in the field of industrial economics. A
better understanding of the business systems and market structures, and
of lessons learnt abroad, may substantially improve the chances of
successful reform of this troublesome industry.
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