Consulting and Ethics Part I: Consultants’ Perspective

<p><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Survey consists of information from 78 consulting firms regarding ethics and consulting. Topics/questions include:</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;"><strong>Part A:</strong> (completed by respondents in the role of prime [lead] consultants):</span></p>
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<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Does your company have a written policy on business practices when it comes to teaming with subconsultants?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Out of the past five proposals that you were involved in, how many times did you use a subconsultant?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Was a teaming agreement between your firm (the prime consultant) and the subconsultant put in place the last time you used a subconsultant?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">What is your feeling towards teaming agreements?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Are you offended if a subconsultant asks for a teaming agreement prior to joining your team?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Do you feel that teaming agreements should be part of the process of forming a team to respond to an RFP?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">What means of communication from subconsultants do you prefer when they contact you about the possibility of teaming for a project?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">When subconsultants leave messages about possibly teaming with you on a project, how often do you respond back to them?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">If you ask a subconsultant to be exclusive and they agree, do you think that they should be entitled to a greater percentage of work than if they were non-exclusive?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Do you feel that it is necessary to provide feedback to the subconsultant regarding comments the client made to you about the subconsultant&rsquo;s work?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Should public agencies uphold teaming agreements?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Should public agencies uphold the roles of the firms identified in the proposal?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">How do you usually identify the most appropriate subconsultant to team with for a proposal? </span></li>
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<p><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;"><strong>Part B</strong> (Completed by respondents in the role of subconsultants):</span></p>
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<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">What is your feeling towards teaming agreements?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Does your firm require a teaming agreement prior to joining a team as a subconsultant?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Should teaming agreements be part of the process of joining a team to respond to an RFP?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">If a prime asks you to be exclusive on the team and you agree, should you be entitled to a greater percentage of work than if you were non-exclusive? </span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">How do you prefer contacting primes about the potential to team on a project?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">How often do prime consultants get back in touch with you after you have contacted them about possibly teaming on a project?</span></li>
<li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Arial;">Approximately how many times in your role as a subconsultant has a prime promised work to you and then done the work themselves? </span></li>
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Date Published
2007-07-20
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