Construction Supply Chain Modeling - A Research Review and Interdisciplinary Research Agenda

William J. O'Brien1, Kerry London2 & Ruben Vrijhoef3

1Assistant Professor, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida, 101 FAC /PO Box 115703, Gainesville, FL, 32611-5703, USA, Tel +1 352 392 7519, E-mail [email protected]
2Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, School of Construction, UNITEC, New Zealand, Tel +64 9 815 4321 7270, E-mail [email protected]
3PhD Researcher, Department of Project Management and Real Estate, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, PO Box 5043, NL-2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands, Tel +31 15 2783049, Fax +31 15 2783171, E-mail [email protected]


Supply chain management has emerged as a popular and useful concept in the construction industry and research community since the mid 1990s. Research in construction supply chain management draws from a broad range of disciplines, notably: (1) industrial organization economics to better understand market structure and forces and their effect on firm and supply chain behavior and (2) Analytic modeling of supply chains to improve supply chain performance along metrics such as speed, cost, reliability, quality, etc. Both industrial organization and analytic modeling provide useful but ultimately incomplete perspectives and prescriptions for construction supply chain management. As such, this paper proposes development of an interdisciplinary research agenda that draws from both fields. Towards that agenda, a review of research is presented to introduce the main ideas, relevant literature, and theory and methods in each of the two areas. From these independent reviews, applications that could benefit from a combined perspective are identified and used as a basis for development of an interdisciplinary research agenda.


Construction supply chain management, research agenda, industrial organization economics, transaction costs analytical modeling



O'Brien, W. J. , London, K. & Vrijhoef, R. 2002. Construction Supply Chain Modeling - A Research Review and Interdisciplinary Research Agenda, 10th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , -.

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