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|Title||The contractor–subcontractor relationship: the general contractor’s view|
Subcontractors play a significant role in the Palestinian construction industry. The relationship between the general contractor and subcontractors is one of the keys to any successful construction project. Despite this importance, little information is available about the actual working relationship which exists between general contractors and subcontractors. Subcontractors are specialist agents in the execution of a specific job, supplying manpower, equipment, tools, and designs. They respond only for the executed part of the workmanship, acting as agents of the production system of the contracting company. The aim of this paper is to explore the actual working relationship between contractors and subcontractors. This study was based on a questionnaire survey of general contractors in the Gaza Strip. Information was obtained on reason, for subcontracting, communication process, selection criteria, negotiation with subcontractors, commitment, type of contract, and control tools. The results indicate that more than 90 percent of the work is performed by subcontractors. General contractors select subcontractors according to the complexity of the work and previous experience with subcontractors.
|Published in||Proceedings from International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR)|
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