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Title: Understanding critical variables contributing to competitive advantages of international high-speed railway contractors
Authors: Niu, Yanliang
Deng, Xiaopeng
Zhang, Limao
Duan, Xiaochen
Keywords: Engineering::Civil engineering
International Project
High-speed Railway
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Niu, Y., Deng, X., Zhang, L., & Duan, X. (2019). Understanding Critical Variables Contributing To Competitive Advantages Of International High-speed Railway Contractors. Journal Of Civil Engineering And Management, 25(2), 184-202. doi:10.3846/jcem.2019.8427
Series/Report no.: Journal Of Civil Engineering And Management
Abstract: This article is devoted to identifying and explaining the critical variables contributing to competitive advantages in international High-Speed Railway (HSR) projects from the contractor’s perspective. A total of 24 variables were identified by the literature review and a pilot study. An international questionnaire survey was performed to obtain professional opinions from both practitioners and the academy. The 24 variables were ranked and clustered into 6 factors using exploratory factor analysis. Furthermore, a case study of the Early Train Operator project of the California HSR was carried out by the survey, interview, and first-hand data. The results indicated that the top six ranked variables are (1) None Accident History, (2) Eligibility & International Criteria, (3) Contract Reputation, (4) Marketing Strategy, (5) Risk Management Capability, and (6) Technical Responsiveness. Furthermore, the 24 variables are grouped into six dimensions: Glocalization, Marketing, Safety, Economics, Technology, and Responsibility. The case study indicated that the factor framework was suitable and tractable for the application. The findings of this paper could (1) assist international HSR contractors in obtaining a better understanding of the deeper determinates of competitive advantages and (2) serve as a valuable reference for developing their competitive advantages in the international HSR market.
ISSN: 1392-3730
DOI: 10.3846/jcem.2019.8427
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by VGTU Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Fulltext Permission: open
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