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An analysis of public sector prequalification procedures in Northern Ireland

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Eadie, Robert, Rodgers, John, McKeown, Clare and Smyth, Patrick (2012) An analysis of public sector prequalification procedures in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Procurement Management , 5 (3). pp. 273-288. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.inderscience.com/search/index.php?action=record&rec_id=47168&prevQuery=&ps=10&m=or

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2012.047168


The recent findings of two Northern Ireland procurement court casesusing the ‘restricted procedure’ have European wide implications. Theperceptions of having a ‘prequalification’ stage in addition to ‘quality/price’ areresearched; parts of the prequalification questionnaire (PQQ) are analysed andranked in importance. Economic operator perceptions are investigated onprojects above the European threshold using the restricted procedure. Findingsconfirm practitioners understand the court decisions ranking the evaluation of‘previous experience’ as the most important part within the prequalificationstage. There is ambivalence regarding PQQ’s providing value for money(VFM): 49% consider it does not provide additional VFM compared to thesingle stage process. The majority of organisations (62%) use externalconsultants when preparing PQQ submissions. Findings show the court caseshave resulted in PQQ’s becoming more generic, an innovative response is nolonger possible as it will be outside the scoring matrix. Practitioners providedsuggestions on improving the process.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:prequalification; construction contracts; construction; procurement law; restricted procedure; Ireland.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)
ID Code:22488
Deposited By:Dr Robert Eadie
Deposited On:18 Jun 2012 15:36
Last Modified:15 Jan 2015 14:09

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