On Improvement in Construction Supply Chain Management

Diego Vinicius Souza de Souza1 & Lauri Koskela2

1PhD Student, College of Science & Technology, School of the Built Environment, The Crescent – Maxwell Building, 4th floor – Room 412, M5 4WT, Salford, UK, Phone +44 (0) 161 295 4748, d.v.souzadesouza@edu.salford.ac.uk
2Professor, College of Science & Technology, School of the Built Environment, The Crescent – Maxwell Building, 4th floor – Room 412, M5 4WT, Salford, UK, Phone +44 (0) 161 295 6378, l.j.koskela@salford.ac.uk

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide a discussion on improvement in construction supply chain management. The study is based on a literature review regarding the evolution of supply chain management theory within the construction environment and a review of the current findings of supply chain management in industrial engineering. The paper presents five managerial practices to be studied and implemented in construction supply chain management. Such managerial practices are traditionally adopted by manufacturing companies and they reflect best practices for improvement in a multi-organizational environment. Even though this paper has a theoretical approach, it also aims to bring a contribution to practitioners by providing directions for improving construction supply chain management.

Keywords

Supply chain management, Theory, Lean construction, Strategic planning, Flexibility

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Souza, D.V.S.D. & Koskela, L. 2012, 'On Improvement in Construction Supply Chain Management' In:, Tommelein, I.D. & Pasquire, C.L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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