MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 138, 2017The 6th International Conference of Euro Asia Civil Engineering Forum (EACEF 2017)
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Section||2-Structural and Construction Engineering|
|Published online||30 December 2017|
Dispute resolution methods in the construction industry sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, 4th Floor, Maxwell Building, M5 4WT
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The construction industry sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undergone significant developments in the economics field, in terms of building tunnels, bridges, railways, airports, universities, etc. It is known that any project can involve disputes between the owner, consultant, and contractor of the project. Therefore, the researcher of this study investigated the methods of dispute resolution used in the economics sector in Saudi Arabia. These methods are negotiation and litigation. The researcher used mixed methods to collect the data. He interviewed 15 experts, academics, and arbitrators and then distributed a questionnaire to 327 experts, academics, and arbitrators. After that, the researcher analysed the gathered data by using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The researcher concluded that litigation is the method commonly used in the construction industry sector to solve disputes, and it is rare to use negotiation method. Also, the researcher found out that alternative dispute resolution methods are rarely used because the public work contract prevents the use of methods other than litigation.
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