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Contractors' supplier management: construction materials supply chain management

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posted on 25.08.2017, 11:20 by Mundia Muya, Andrew Price, Tony Thorpe
Within the total quality management (TQM) philosophy of continuous improvement, adding greater value, improving quality, reducing costs and reducing construction schedules are no longer mutually exclusive customer requirements. These demands are forcing changes in management approaches in the construction industry. It is now recognised that such gains in efficiency cannot be achieved by companies acting independently. This awareness has drawn attention to the concepts of `supply chain management`. Findings of research performed to investigate materials supply chain management practices by the top UK contractors are reported. While there is evidence pointing to a trend towards supply chain integration, it is revealed that entrenched practices and attitudes among UK contractors still impede full supply chain integration in the supply of construction materials.



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Joint Triennial Symposium, CIB Commissions W65 and W55: Customer Satisfaction: a focus for research and practice in construction .


632 - 640


MUYA, M., PRICE, A. and THORPE, A., 1999. Contractors' supplier management: construction materials supply chain management. IN: Proceedings of 1999 joint triennial symposium of CIB-W055 Construction Industry Economics commission and CIB-W065 Organisation and Management of Construction commission: Customer Satisfaction: A Focus for Research and Practice in Construction, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-10 September 1999, pp.632-640.


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