A Decision Support System for the Expansion of International Operations of A/E/C Firms

by Makarand Hastak, (S.M.ASCE), Purdue Univ, West Lafayette, United States,
D. W. Halpin, (M.ASCE), Purdue Univ, West Lafayette, United States,
Jorge A. Vanegas, (A.M.ASCE), Purdue Univ, West Lafayette, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The changing trend of the construction industry will require A/E/C firms to consider expanding operations in the international construction market arena. This paper presents a conceptual framework for a Decision Support System to assist the A/E/C firms in (i) identifying the most suitable target country for expansion (Module-1), (ii) the most suitable alliance partner in the target country (Module-2), and (iii) the optimal geographical office location to manage operations in the target countries (Module-3).

Subject Headings: Construction companies | Decision support systems | Construction sites | Construction management | Construction industry | Architecture | Architectural engineering

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