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Coping with project uncertainty in construction supply chains

Gosling, Jonathan ORCID: and Naim, Mohamed Mohamed ORCID: 2009. Coping with project uncertainty in construction supply chains. Dainty, A., ed. Proceedings of the 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp. 813-822.

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Uncertainties affecting supply chain operations are recognised as significant obstacles to achieving value for customers. One strategy for coping with uncertainty is to build flexibility into the supply chain, but this has rarely been discussed in the context of construction. Two key research questions are considered: 'what are the sources of supply chain uncertainty in construction supply chains?' and 'what types of flexibilities are required to mitigate these uncertainties?' These uncertainties are investigated via a case study of a main contractor including three projects and nine suppliers. A generic list of uncertainties is developed and grouped according to different sources of supply chain uncertainty. Flexibility types are then mapped onto these uncertainties to highlight which types of flexibility are needed to respond to different uncertainties.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Association of Researchers in Construction Management
ISBN: 9780955239014
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:12

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