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Title: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for architectural, engineering, and construction firms: Case study of vietnam
Authors: Ling, F.Y.Y. 
Pham, V.M.C.
Hoang, T.P.
Keywords: Agriculture
Case reports
Construction companies
Economic factors
Engineering firms
International factors
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Ling, F.Y.Y., Pham, V.M.C., Hoang, T.P. (2009). Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for architectural, engineering, and construction firms: Case study of vietnam. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 135 (10) : 1105-1113. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: After Vietnam became a member of the World Trade Organization, Vietnamese architectural, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) firms face competition from not only their domestic competitors but also from foreign A/E/C firms. As most Vietnamese firms are used to operating under a protected setting, they may face difficulties competing in the globalized environment. This study undertakes a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis of Vietnamese A/E/C firms, investigates how they respond to opportunities and threats, and recommends how foreign A/E/C firms operating in Vietnam could respond. Using semistructured interview questions, face-to-face interviews were conducted with Vietnamese and foreign A/E/C firms. The SWOT analysis reveals that Vietnamese A/E/C firms are lagging behind foreign firms in financial capacity, experience in complex projects, knowledge in advanced design and construction technology, and management ability. Industry practitioners from outside Vietnam who are contemplating entering the Vietnamese market can leverage on Vietnamese firms' strengths by forming joint ventures with strong and reputable private Vietnamese firms. To improve their competitive advantage, it is recommended that foreign A/E/C firms offer superior products and services and familiarize themselves with local culture and regulations. They should be mindful of corruption and set up surveillance systems to curb wasteful spending. © 2009 ASCE.
Source Title: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
ISSN: 07339364
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000069
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