Advantages, disadvantages and risks in the adoption of design-build contracting method in the Brazilian public sector

Ana Elisabete Cavalcanti Albuquerque, Marcos André de Mendes Primo, Felipe Augusto Pereira


Objective – This paper aims to identify advantages, disadvantages and risks involved in the adoption of design-build contracting method in the Brazilian public sector. 

Design/methodology/approach – qualitative case study, in which were made documentary and field research in the form of semi-structured interviews. About the documentary and field data was used content analysis and triangulation of sources and collection methods. 

Findings – The theoretical basis of this research lies in the brazilian legislation for contracting works and studies conducted by various authors in which address the advantages of design-build procurement method (a single contract for design and construction) regarding the design-bid-build method used in Brazil, which hires design and construction separately.

Practical implications – The research identified advantages, disadvantages and risks associated to the adoption of the design-build method , enabling the development of coping strategies if it is deployed.

Originality/value – managers aware of these aspects could use coping strategies by adopting measures to reduce or eliminate their effects. The results can contribute not only to a possible implantation of the method in contexts even other than the public sector but also to improve the processes regarding the project and execution of works.


project and building, design-build, projects risks, public sector.


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