A case study of multi-team communications in construction design under supply chain partnering

Xie, Charlene and Wu, Dash and Luo, Jianwen and Hu, Xiaoling (2010) A case study of multi-team communications in construction design under supply chain partnering. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 15 (5). pp. 363-370. ISSN 1359-8546

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Abstract

The increasing “globalisation” and complexity of construction design implies that the project team may involve subcontractors in the construction supply chain from widely distributed geographic areas. Thus communication is a vital process for the design. The aim of the present work is to investigate how construction design under supply chain partnering can be improved through a study of communication issues and problems. A questionnaire survey is initially conducted to investigate communication issues and problems in construction design. Based on the survey results, a case study is carried out to gain further insights into these issues and problems, exploring how the procurement like supply chain partnering influences the multi‐team communications in construction design. The paper finds that partnering can eliminate many communication barriers and has a positive impact on social collaboration in the design process. It could have a negative impact on the team communications if proper procedures have not been put in place. In addition, co‐location can increase the degree of interaction, communication and technical collaboration in the partnership. This paper may help construction project practitioners to focus their attention on the necessary respects of multi‐team communications between supply chain partners in construction design, leading to high cooperation and ultimately improving the quality of the design outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply chain management, partnering, construction works, design, communication, information transfer
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Accounting and Finance
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Ineke Tijsma
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 13:38
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 12:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1875

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