Dutch Best Value Effort

Dutch Best Value Effort

By Dean Kashiwagi, Jacob Kashiwagi

March 2014

The Dutch construction industry was in collusion in the early 2000s. After the collusion, the Dutch construction industry was looking for a solution to assist their industry to become more value added, efficient, and profit oriented. In 2004 they were introduced to the best value effort. Over the next eight years, a non-traditional deductive approach to research was tested. The deductive approach was based on the observation and identification of natural laws. The deductive logic was used to identify the sources of issues and to design the solution. The deductive approach is not well known or accepted by the traditional construction management research body. The Dutch case study may expose a potentially effective and efficient research model for the future. Results of the test include NEVI; the Dutch Professional Procurement Industry group licensed the best value technology from Arizona State University and started educating and certifying professionals. RISNET, a project risk management platform and the professional engineering organization started participation in the best value effort. In 2013, two major infrastructure organizations: Rijkswaterstaat and Pro-rail, major city representatives, NEVI and the PM and professional engineering groups made the first major effort to align the entire supply chain in delivering construction services.

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