Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Maturana S., Alarcón L.F., Gazmuri P. and Vrsalovic M. (2007)

On-site subcontractor evaluation method based on lean principles and partnering practices. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0742-597X(2007)23:2(67)

Revista : Journal of Management in Engineering
Volumen : 23
Número : 2
Páginas : 67-74
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Subcontracting has greatly increased in the construction industry. It helps shift risk from the main contractor to the subcontractor and promotes specialization. Inadequate
subcontracting management, however, may result in an adversarial relationship between main contractors and their subcontractors, uncoordinated on-site execution, and disappointing quality and schedule fulfillment. New subcontractor management methods and tools are being developed and tested as part of a collaborative research project led by the Catholic University Production Management Center (GEPUC) with the participation of the Chilean Construction Chamber and several construction companies. The experience gained by testing prototype tools and methods on selected projects enabled us to develop an on-site evaluation method based on lean principles and partnering practices. This method allows main contractors to help subcontractors improve their performance by providing them with periodic feedback. It also supports subcontractor selection based on their previous performance, which helps foster collaborative relationships with those that consistently perform well. The results of the application of the method in two case studies are discussed.