A comparative analysis of value management practices between consumer and construction based firms

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The use of value management tools in non-management and non-business domains appears to be high, as exemplified by numerous studies conducted on the subject matter in the construction based disciplines, but understanding how such essential tool works in the consumer based domains seems lacking, this study becomes relevant in this regard. The aim of the study therefore is to understand how consumer based and construction based firms differ with regard to the use, focus and control of value management on a firm-by-firm basis, locational basis and on the basis of industrial typology. The researchers adopted a survey research design using a 16-item questionnaire instrument administered to 509 respondents across 10 firms: 5 being consumer and the other 5 being construction based firms. The formulated hypotheses were tested using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann Whitney’s U-test for non-parametric comparisons. The results obtained showed that consumer based firms ranked higher than construction based firms, both on a firm-by-firm (CSB = 256.9, CTB = 247.4, ; CSB=264.6, CTB = 234.3, ) for focus and control, respectively, and on an industrial type (CSB = 267.65, CTB = 235.93, ; CSB = 268.71, CTB = 234.33, ; CSB = 269.21, CTB = 233.58, ; CSB = 268.38, CTB = 234.83, ) comparison basis on actual usage, perceived usage, focus and control of value management, respectively. For the locational difference, there were no statistical significance. The study concludes that there is a case for a multidisciplinary study of value management as it appears more present in consumer than construction based firms.

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    • Figure 1. “Focus level” mean rank by Firm type
    • Figure 2. “Level of control” mean rank by firm type
    • Figure 3. “Actual use” mean rank by industry type
    • Figure 4. “Perceived usage” mean rank by industry type
    • Figure 5. “Focus level” mean rank by industry type
    • Figure 6. “Level of control” mean rank by industry type
    • Table 1. Descriptive statistics on the collation of question items based on firm type
    • Table 2. Mean rank of value management practices per firm
    • Table 3. Kruskal-Wallis H result on group difference
    • Table 4. Descriptive statistics on the collation of question items based on firm location
    • Table 5. Kruskal-Wallis H result on group difference
    • Table 6. Descriptive statistics on the collation of question items based on industry type
    • Table 7. Mean rank of value management practices per firm industrial type
    • Table 8. Mann-Whitney U result on group difference