1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
It is fundamentally believed by most construction industry practitioners and key players in the area of housing that most of the available procurement methods now in use in the construction industry offer little or no differences in theircharacteristics to the clients. Client's choice for a procurement method is dictated primarily b\ the inherent risks, generation of claims, and other derivable prospects inherent in this method. Sometimes, it is argued that in view of the available taxonomy of procurement methods in the construction industry whether certain procurement forms are best suited for particular clients. In support of this argument it is clearly indicated that it was still difficult and relatively uneasy to match client requirements with available procurement systems in the market. Rowlinson and Newcombe (1986) investigated the influence of procurement forms on project performance.