Practices for Designing and Improving 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

This paper aims at proposing a set of practices for designing and improving construction supply chain management. Such practices were developed based on broad literature review and on interviews conducted in late 2012 and early 2013. Construction companies face difficulties in coordinating supply chain management towards value generation. Results indicate that construction companies building unique projects require a specific approach for managing their supply chains. Outcomes also show that the proposition of contextualized practices facilitates supply chain management in such complex environment, and enables enhanced project delivery. Even though this is a theoretical study, the paper’s findings are useful to both practitioners and academic researchers.

Keywords

Construction, Supply chain management, Practices, Design, Improvement.

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Reference

Souza, D.V.S.D. & Koskela, L. 2013, 'Practices for Designing and Improving Construction Supply Chain Management' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 21th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Fortaleza, Brazil, 31-2 Aug 2013. pp 155-164

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