Much of the waste in the construction industry is related to ineffective planning, including design delays, flaws in the planning system and ineffective integration of suppliers in the planning system. Although SCM literature suggested some opportunities regarding the integration between construction supply chain (SC) firms and pointed out the difficulty of identifying critical SC members, so far no previous research has proposed mechanisms for identifying and integrating strategic project supply chain members. This research study proposes a set of guidelines for integrating supply management functions through the production planning and control system as well as using it for understanding the main problems related to the lack of integration. Multiple case studies were carried out in a main contractor from the South of Brazil. In those case studies a set of criteria was defined for choosing strategic suppliers and some improvements in the production planning and control were implemented. Among the main conclusions of the study, this research work proposes a strategy to identify the SC members that have to be integrated into a typical construction project and manage them across the Last Planner System®.
Lean supply chain, Supply chain management, Integration, Last Planner System
Sterzi, M.P. , Isatto, E.L. & Formoso, C.T. 2007, 'Integrating Strategic Project Supply Chain Members in Production Planning and Control' In:, Pasquire, C.L, C.L. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 15th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. East Lansing, Michigan, USA, 18-20 Jul 2007. pp 159-169