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The purpose of the study is to examine the common performance criteria for construction projects in Hong Kong and the perceived importance of the criteria from the perspective of the key participants normally involved with the various stages of a construction project (p 377). The Authors used nine specific performance criteria and a questionnaire survey to determine the differences in the levels of importance of the criteria from the perspective of clients, consultants (designers), and contractors. The study did not include suppliers or subcontractors, or others not considered primary stakeholders. Over a six month period, 950 sets of questionnaires were distributed, from which a total of 324 were returned. The response rate is 34.1% (p 380). One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and repeated measures ANOVA are used to analyze the returned data. The participants are selected by purposive sampling of key participants that have participated in partnering projects in Hong Kong construction projects. A research model, using questions regarding the life of a construction project, determined the order of importance of the questions and their respective performance outcomes. The findings of the study indicate that there are differences in the levels of importance of the criteria among the respondents, and each performance outcome underperforms to any standard that is initially established. Other studies cited in the article list key elements which differ from those determined by Lai and Lam to be necessary for successful project completion (p 383). Although there are differences in methodology and criteria, the conclusion are consistent with those of the study
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