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Is supply chain thinking permeating the UK housebuilding industry? Findings from a survey of UK housebuilders

Barker, R. and Naim, Mohamed Mohamed 2008. Is supply chain thinking permeating the UK housebuilding industry? Findings from a survey of UK housebuilders. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications 11 (1) , pp. 67-80. 10.1080/13675560701504698

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Abstract

Over several years, the construction industry in the UK, including the housebuilding sector, has had many opportunities to modernize and innovate supply chain practices. This paper presents a national survey of major UK private housebuilders in 2003 that assesses and evaluates the current status of supply chain awareness in the housebuilding industry. The survey examined a range of recognized indicators of supply chain sophistication, based on practices in other industries, including relationships, partnering, supplier selection, levels of integration and supply chain strategies. It also determined the main problems encountered by housebuilders in their supply chains, such as what improvement methods, tools and techniques they were aware of and what improvements were being made. It concluded that awareness within the housebuilding industry was still low and that much inefficiency remains. The findings are a basis for further research into tools and techniques for supply chain improvement in the housebuilding sector.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply chain ; Housebuilding ; Inefficiencies ; Survey
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1367-5567
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:16
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19048

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