Souza De Souza, DV
A conceptual framework and best practices for designing and improving construction supply chains
, PhD thesis, University of Salford.
Construction supply chains are problematic to manage. Examples of recurring problems in construction supply chains are increased levels of non-conformances, delivery delays, and disruptions in supply, among others. Theoretical developments in the field of construction supply chain management are recent. Existing approaches in the literature are focused on managing project supply chains rather than adopting a long-term perspective from the enterprise level. A significant portion of the existing supply chain methods and frameworks was deliberately adapted from other sectors without hardly
considering the context. The aim of this research is to develop a conceptual framework and a set of practices to tackle the problems of construction supply chains. Based on a Design Science Research approach, an initial solution was proposed. The solution is composed of a conceptual framework and a set of best practices. In order to refine the solution, three case studies were carried out in organizations in the heavy construction
sector. Next, a focus group evaluated the solution and provided inputs for developing the final version. The conceptual framework contains the key parties (Enterprise, Projects, and Suppliers), the interfaces between such parties (Interface A, Interface B, and
Interface C), and the flows (Information Flow, Physical Flow, and Capital Flow) realizing the interfaces in construction supply chains. The practices comprise Supply Chain Governance, Supply Chain Flexibility and Risk Management, Performance Management,Early Supply Chain Involvement, Category Management, Supplier Development,
Prequalification of Suppliers, and Supply Chain Strategic Alignment. The framework can be used as a means to locate the problems of construction supply chains in specific
interfaces and flows. By precisely locating the problems, the involvement of the right parties is facilitated. The best practices can be used as references to guide design and improvement initiatives in construction supply chains.
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