Project Management today is acknowledged as an independent concept, a form of management and a field of professional know-how and experience albeit it has developed in the last several decades basing on the methods and models of a construction sector that dates back to several millennia.

 The construction sector, despite its history dating back to thousands of years, is today suffering from not having achieved the same  contemporary development level as the other sectors.

The different sub-sectors of the construction sector such as Real Estate Development, Contracting, Design and Build, Build-Operate-Transfer,  Private Finance Initiative etc. perceive and apply the concept of Project Management in different aspects.

Concerning the Contracting sub-sector, reasons such as the primary task of the Contractor being merely limited to the application phase, the  conflict between the Contractors’ goals and expectations and the Project Owners’ goals that prioritize time and cost, as well as their desire to  supervise, render the Contractor reluctant in utilizing contemporary Project Management methods and techniques transparently.

The real estate development sector, which is a relatively new sector compared to the Contracting sub-sector and which integrates all processes of the project—such as design, finance and operation—utilizes this concept more effectively.

Project Owners across the world as well as in Turkey manage their projects either according to their organizational structures, their fields of expertise or company profiles, or through in-house departments, or by outsourcing the task.

Nevertheless, the decision of whether to work with specialized outsourcing teams or with consultants brings Project Owners face-to-face with new issues or new fields of expertise in their projects.

Services – Consultancy Services – Project Management Consultancy Services

There is no doubt that buying “Services” requires a special procurement process that is different from other processes and that it would be healthier to decide according to “Quality and Cost-Based Selections” rather than “Cost-Based Selections.”

It is acknowledged, without dispute, that obtaining “Consultancy Services” is a procurement process that demands greater responsibility. Moreover, in countries like the United States and Japan, and companies based in these countries practically use “Quality-Based Selection” almost by 100%.

The extent to which obtaining “Project Management Consultancy Services” demands—depending on the Project Management notion of the company purchasing the services or depending on its managerial maturity— greater responsibilities is still not sufficiently recognized.

Yet, it should not be impossible to predict the grave losses that may be caused by a selection mistake made in obtaining the expert services that are based on years of experience and knowledge, in selecting the services that hold an only share of less than 2% in the multi million-dollar budgets of large-scale projects to largely return the investment when utilized in a correct and timely manner. It should likewise not be impossible to recognize the compensation level which the corporate performance and financial results will bring against a 20% saving that will create a difference of 0.04% in the total project budget.

The medium- and long-term gains of selecting a Project Management Team that will act not merely like a technician and a manager but like a proactive and energetic leader just like the Project Owner himself or as his right arm would do, that will create brand value for the Project, that will provide “sustainable” business flow for the Project Owner’s organization should be witnessed without having to go through unpleasant experiences.

 Presently there are about 100 domestic and foreign project management consultancy companies that provide services  to the Turkish Construction Sector, which holds the competitive edge globally primarily in both contracting and real  estate development sub-sectors.

As the sector has rapidly expanded particularly in the recent years and selection making has become ever-more  difficult, companies and organizations that have grown at international scale use a Selection Criteria Table as  reference.

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