Assessing the Effect of Procurement Systems on the Design Team’s Performance

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The study investigated into performance of design team under traditional and design and build systems of procurement using selected public procurement entities in Kumasi Metropolis. The study employed purposive sampling technique to identify and select the institutions and they were Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (development office) and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Architects, Engineering Services Limited (AESL) and Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI). The study further identified and selected four members of the design team in all the institutions and these were architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and surveyors who are permanently engaged in procurement activities with specific roles. The study discovered that design team performed their roles better under the design and build system than the traditional system and design and build system reduces time cost and financial cost due to project variable and increases clients expectation. Moreover, design and build systems offered collaboration and coordination among design team and between design team and clients. However, the study found that despite the merit of design and build over traditional system, the traditional system is commonly adopted in Ghana. It was recommended that the building industry should have recruitment or succession and retention plan, increase awareness of design and build method and there should be more collaboration and co-operation among the design team and between design team and clients.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of Master of Science in Procurement Management, June-2013