Selection and Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Construction Projects : Past and Future Research

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-507
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number3
Online published14 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


Research on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) selection and use has been gaining prevalent interest from project practitioners and researchers. This study presents a systematic review of the factors influencing ADR selection and use in construction projects for the last 32 years. A total of 446 articles from 21 construction project-related journals were identified and reviewed. Among these, only 13 articles focused on the factors influencing ADR selection and use. These 13 articles were then analysed, synthesized, and summarized in terms of the research methods used, distribution across countries and citation influences. The studies on the selection and use of ADR were mainly based on utility. Utility factors offer less conceptual basis to explain decision making. To address this deficiency, this study reclassified ADR selection and use with reference to Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) based framework. The potential development and research avenues of using the TPB framework were also discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR selection and use, Theory of Planned Behaviour