Couzens A, Thorpe T, Skitmore M
Executive information system for construction contract ridding decisions
Abstract: This paper describes the development of an integrated Executive
Information System (EIS) for supporting construction executives and senior
managers strategic information requirements. The system focuses on the
provision of organisational and external market information for contract
bidding decisions. The system uses a proprietary microcomputer based EIS
development environment to access ' synthetic ' data structures representing
the LAN architecture of a typical construction firm. This paper explains the
theory and technologies related to the development of such systems. This is
followed by a general discussion of the analysis techniques adopted for
development and definition of the system. The bulk of the paper relates to
a description of the proposed prototype system and its application. The
system itself serves as a nucleus for access to a variety of data providing
strategic information for contract bidding decisions. The development
methodologies and the resulting prototype serve as a template for
development of similar EIS and Visual Information Access (VIA) systems in
a wider executive and senior manager information support role.
Keywords: contract bidding; tender adjudication; strategic information; executive support
system; information scanning
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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the National University of Singapore. The assistance of the editors, particularly Prof. Martin Betts, is gratefully appreciated.