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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 14
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and A.I. Khan
Paper IV.4

Construction Supply-Chain Management: A Research Framework

W.J. O'Brien and M.A. Fischer

Department of Civil Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America

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W.J. O'Brien, M.A. Fischer, "Construction Supply-Chain Management: A Research Framework", in B.H.V. Topping, A.I. Khan, (Editors), "Information Technology for Civil & Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 61-64, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.14.4.4
Many challenges face construction firms in today's markets. However, with the advent of powerful information technologies, there are new opportunities to respond to these challenges. One promising area is improved supply-chain management. A research framework is proposed to model and understand construction supply systems: Inventory, information, and incentives. This framework draws heavily on contemporary manufacturing and economic research. Using this research as a point of departure, it is proposed to model construction supply systems to determine efficient performance and provide guidance about how to achieve efficiency in a decentralized environment.

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