EURO 27 Abstract Submission

Improvement Practices in Construction Supply Chain Management

Invited abstract in session TC-43: Supply Chain Optimization, stream Production and the Link with Supply Chains.

Area: Production Management & Supply Chain Management

Tuesday, 12:30-14:00
Room: McCance MC303, Level 3

Authors (first author is the speaker)

1. Georgios Papadopoulos
Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
2. Nadia Zamer
Industrial Management and Operational Research-Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
3. Sotiris Gayialis
School of Mechanical Engineering, Sector of Industrial Management and Operational Research, National Technical University of Athens


In a very competitive and complex industry like the construction industry with demands for the delivery of top quality projects at very competitive prices, a significant need for an effective management of the construction supply chain has arose. Construction Supply Chain Management (CSCM) is a very promising approach to successfully achieve integration between the several disciplines of the chain (internal and external suppliers, designers, vendors, subcontractors, clients). Even though SCM in the manufacturing industry has been widely researched and developed, the application of the same concepts to the construction industry shows problems in construction supply chains are extensively present and persistent. Analysis of these problems has shown that a major part of them originate at the interfaces between the various disciplines or functions and the complex nature of the construction environment. The aim of this research study report is to provide a set of propositions for improving construction supply chain management such as benchmarking, improvement of suppliers/subcontractors performance, elimination of waste, training and information sharing between parts of the supply chain. The study includes the literature review regarding the trends of the CSCM, the specific characteristics and problems in coordinating supply chain and finally it suggests improvements in supply and demand management by suggesting specific practices to be implemented.


  • Supply Chain Management

Status: accepted

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