The Research Model that Revolutionized the Dutch Construction Industry

Authors: Dean Kashiwagi (Arizona State University), (PhD, Fulbright Scholar, PE), Jacob Kashiwagi (Arizona State University), (MS), Abraham Kashiwagi (Arizona State University), and Kenneth Sullivan (Arizona State University), (PhD, MBA)


The Dutch construction industry is making a change from an owner controlled to a contractor-controlled environment. It is a movement from a top down culture (management, direction and control) to a bottom up culture (alignment and use of expertise). Owner decision making, management, direction and control are being replaced with a leadership model, which aligns and utilizes the expertise of the contractors. The changes in the Dutch construction industry validate a non-traditional research model, which used deductive logic and case studies involving dominant information and visionary industry participants, non-traditional concepts of Information Measurement Theory (IMT), the Construction Industry Structure (CIS) model and the best value Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS).

Keywords: best value, construction, Dutch construction industry transformation, leadership based supply chain