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Organisational Structures to Support Concurrent Engineering in Construction,

Anumba, CJ, Baugh, CA and Khalfan, MMA 2002, 'Organisational Structures to Support Concurrent Engineering in Construction, ' , Journal of Industrial Management and Data Systems, 102 (5) , 260 -270.

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Abstract

The construction industry is plagued by fragmentation of the functions carried out by the various disciplines involved in a project, particularly between the design and construction teams. Concurrent engineering (CE) is seen as a possible means of overcoming this problem. However, for the use of CE to produce the desired benefits, various issues have to be addressed, one of which is the use of appropriate organisational structures. To this effect, this paper explores organisational structures for the implementation of CE in the construction industry. It does so by first reviewing the main principles of, and issues concerning, CE and organisational structures, and by examining the structures which have been proposed for CE by researchers and those which have been used by manufacturing companies in their implementation of CE. By taking into account the peculiarities of the construction industry, this information is used, in conjunction with the results of case studies of companies within the industry, to suggest suitable types of corporate and project level organisational structures to support CE.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Industrial Management and Data Systems
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-5577
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2007 13:41
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/595

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