Supply Chain Management in Construction From a Production Theory Perspective

Rafaella D. Broft1 & Lauri Koskela2

1PhD Candidate, The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London, United Kingdom,
2Professor, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom,


Production management in construction is moving away from conventional construction management. The correctives to this model have been explicitly or implicitly based on flow and value principles. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is often presented as suitable for efficient management of construction production, but its successful implementation in the industry remains limited, particularly at the lower tiers of the construction supply chain. This paper takes a closer look at SCM – an analysis from the production perspective might help to create a better understanding of the concept and the key principles presented could be prescriptive in the further development of SCM in construction.


Construction management, supply chain management, production theory, key principles



Broft, R.D. & Koskela, L. 2018, 'Supply Chain Management in Construction From a Production Theory Perspective' In:, 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Chennai, India, 18-20 Jul 2018. pp 271-281

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