Application of the Delphi into Construction Law Research

By Heap-Yih Chong and Rosli Mohamad Zin.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Law research tends to rely on the court cases, statues, and regulations as the main sources of information. The information gathered from these documents are often more credible and viewed as objective evidence. Yet, the primary data should not be ignored as it could provide a unique and first hand of information to a research, especially the primer data that elicited from the experts’ knowledge in the Delphi method. This paper aims to address and promote the application of the Delphi method into the construction law research. The objectives are (a) to review and examine on the fundamental principles and characteristics of the Delphi method and (b) to develop a conceptual framework to accommodate the Delphi into the construction law research. A detailed literature study was carried out on the Delphi methodology and construction law. Then, the findings were discussed for the mutual benefits concerned. The results revealed that the Delphi method is well suited for the construction law research as the nature and complexity of the practice in the construction industry. It is concluded that the Delphi method is a reliable and systematic approach not only towards social science research; but also practical for the construction law-oriented research.

Keywords: Research Methodology, Construction Law, Delphi, Consensus

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.199-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 660.104KB).

Heap-Yih Chong

Lecturer, Department of Built Environment, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chong, Heap-Yih is a lecturer from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia He is also a PhD researcher under Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for the research on “e- Dispute Resolution”, which incorporated with the Delphi to eliciting experts’ knowledge. His research areas are on dispute resolution, construction disputes and contract administration. He also actively involves in organizing conferences and reviewing articles for journal and conference proceedings.

Rosli Mohamad Zin

Senior Lecturer, Department of Structure and Materials, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Rosli Mohamad Zin is a senior lecturer from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is a registered engineer (P.Eng.) with the Board of Engineers Malaysia. His main research areas include buildability, building maintenance, contract administration and quality cost in construction. He has been actively involved in research and publication. He has published significant number of papers in the national and international journals, and coauthored two books related to his field of expertise. He also actively involves in reviewing articles for journal and conference proceedings.

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