Authors: Djoko Setijono
Addresses: Division of Quality Technology & Management, Linkoping University, SE-58183 Linkoping, Sweden
Abstract: This paper conceptualises four different states of the construction supply chain (fragmented supply markets, process integration, work clusters, and pools of suppliers) as the result of intersecting two strategic dimensions: industrial |modes| (i.e. from project to process) and the extent of integration in which partnership exists (i.e. from less to highly integrated supply chain). Improvement methodologies such as TQM and lean thinking provide management philosophy, methods and tools to improve the performance of the construction supply chain towards its |ideal| practice (value creation). Since benchmarking is an important mechanism for managing performance in the construction industry, the actors in a construction supply chain need to identify and develop relevant value-related (performance) measures and their impacts on gaining/maintaining partners| trust and their willingness to collaborate.
Keywords: construction industry; supply chain management; SCM; fragmented supply markets; process integration; work clusters; lean thinking; benchmarking; performance measurement; performance management; value creation; total quality management; TQM; trust; collaboration.
International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2010 Vol.5 No.1, pp.1 - 20
Published online: 30 Nov 2009 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article