Review of organizational approaches to the construction supply chain

Ruben Vrijhoef, Kerry A. London

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Supply chain management (SCM) for an individual organization emerged in the late 1990s as a distinct fi eld of research in the construction management discipline [London and Kenley 2001]. Lean construction has been universally supported in the literature and has had uptake by selected large clients and/or contractors. SCM has been ad hoc in its diff usion by practitioners in the property and construction industry; yet at the heart of the lean production concept is the supporting system of interfi rm relationships along the supply chain [Hines 1994; Nischiguchi 1994; Lamming and Cox 1995]. Lamming’s empirical research, where he defi ned the concept of lean supply, identifi ed the importance of the strategic arrangement of the fi rms that would support such a system. Lamming’s (1993) concept of lean supply is important to the understanding of strategic procurement in the supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Supply Chain Management Handbook
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781420047462
ISBN (Print)9781420047455
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


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