Wither monetary retentions for subcontract work? A theoretical framework for rationalising its use

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Abeysekera, Vasantha. 2015. "Wither monetary retentions for subcontract work? A theoretical framework for rationalising its use ." Ahmed, Syed M., Xenidis, Yiannis, Azhar, Salman, Smith, Norma A., Yarris, Cat E. and Campbell, Shaunna (ed.) 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8). Thessaloniki, Greece 27 - 30 May 2015 Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Wither monetary retentions for subcontract work? A theoretical framework for rationalising its use

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AuthorAbeysekera, Vasantha
EditorsAhmed, Syed M., Xenidis, Yiannis, Azhar, Salman, Smith, Norma A., Yarris, Cat E. and Campbell, Shaunna
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
ERA Conference ID77050
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Number of Pages9
Year2015
Place of PublicationGreenville, North Carolina, USA
ISBN9780989462372
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Conference/Event8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
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8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
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International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
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Event Date
27 to end of 30 May 2015
Event Location
Thessaloniki, Greece
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International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Abstract

Despite advocacy for and against monetary retentions, it continues to be used unabatedly clouded by paradoxes, problems, and pitfalls. In order to lay the foundation to rationalise its use for subcontract work, a model was developed using three concepts, namely, mortgaging future payments, factoring current progress, and generating a level of safety for contractors. Labelled as the LOS model, it supplements and clarifies the notion of retentions and lays the foundation for a framework for rationalising the use of retentions by focussing on three fundamental issues that need to be understood and resolved, namely, 1. Intrinsic issues focusing on ‘do we need retentions for subcontract work’ 2. Quantum issues focusing on the ‘level of safety’ or comfort available for contractors quantified in dollar terms with retentions rates serving as a threshold level, and 3. Operational issues focussing on implementation. It is expected that this framework labelled as IQO will assists in building theory on monetary retentions in the future furthering our understanding on this seemingly simple yet complex construct.

Keywordsfactoring performance, retentions, monetary retentions, mortgaging payments, subcontracts
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330202. Building construction management and project planning
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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