Construction Supply Chain Trend Analysis

S.M. Hong-Minh1, R. Barker2 & M.M. Naim3

1Research Associate, Logistics Systems Dynamics Group, Department of Maritime Studies and International Transport, Cardiff University, P.O. Box 907, Cardiff, CF1 3YP. Tel: (44) 1222 874271 Fax: (44) 1222 87430, HongMinhSM@cardiff.ac.uk
2Research Associate, Logistics Systems Dynamics Group, Department of Maritime Studies and International Transport, Cardiff University, P.O. Box 907, Cardiff, CF1 3YP. Tel: (44) 1222 874271 Fax: (44) 1222 874301, BarkerR1@cardiff.ac.uk
3Senior Lecturer, Logistics Systems Dynamics Group, Department of Maritime Studies and International Transport, Cardiff University, P.O. Box 907, Cardiff, CF1 3YP. Tel: (44) 1222 874271 Fax: (44) 1222 874301, NaimMM@cardiff.ac.uk

Abstract

The paper relates empirical findings from a construction industry supply chain diagnostic to archival evidence on supply chain engineering. Particular attention is drawn to current construction and non-construction industry trends on such issues as supply chain relationships, business process orientation and exchange of personnel. Evidence is given that indicates strategies such as partnering, business process engineering focused on customer needs and co-development yield significant business and supply chain performance improvements. The paper suggests that the exchange of staff and personnel will yield a change in “mindset” and enable a process oriented supply chain for those companies involved in the empirical research.

Keywords

Supply chain, business processes, relationship, personnel exchange, partnering.

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Hong-Minh, S. , Barker, R. & Naim, M. 1999, 'Construction Supply Chain Trend Analysis' In:, 7th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Berkeley, USA, 26-28 Jul 1999. pp 85-96

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