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Ethical issue,or issues, affecting the Construction industry today (mainly in the USA)
Engineering and Construction
Pages 3 (753 words)
Ethical Issues Affecting the Contemporary American Construction Industry: Bid Shopping Name University Ethical Issues Affecting the Contemporary American Construction Industry: Bid Shopping Abstract Construction work all over the world including USA is affected by a number of unethical practices, one of which is bid shopping.
This paper explores the issue of bid shopping in construction. This paper compiles information about bid shopping for the construction professionals who want to gain an in-sight to this unethical issue. Introduction Bid shopping is one of the most unfortunate realities of the American construction industry. It is a process wherein the price of bid of a subcontractor is disclosed by the general contractor to another subcontractor so that the general contractor may be able to get the work done in lesser cost. Bid peddling is a similar concept in which a subcontractor volunteers to make a bid lower than a known amount of a second subcontractor. Bid shopping totally ruins the integrity of the bidding process and it may happen in both the pre- and post-contract-award time. Bid shopping has conventionally been tried to stop by the contract law, but they have not proved effective in stopping the practice. The amount of bid shopping can be reduced by creating more awareness in the contractors regarding the effects of this practice. Bid shopping is one of the most fundamental hindrances in the way of fast and cost effective completion of the construction projects. This paper explains the detrimental effects of the bid shopping. ...
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