Construction Supply Chain Management: a research agenda

Wendy O’Brien, Kerry London, Ruben Vrijhoef

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 8th Annual Lean Construction Conference, Brazi
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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