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Principles for the design and operation of engineer-to-order supply chains in the construction sector

Gosling, Jonathan ORCID:, Towill, Denis R., Naim, Mohamed M. ORCID: and Dainty, Andrew R. J. 2014. Principles for the design and operation of engineer-to-order supply chains in the construction sector. Production Planning and Control 26 (3) , pp. 203-218. 10.1080/09537287.2014.880816

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By integrating the approaches of Forrester and Burbidge [Forrester, J. W. 1961. Industrial Dynamics. Pegasus Communications; Burbidge, J. L. 1961. “The “New Approach” to Production.” Production Engineer 40: 769–784], a set of five design principles have emerged which provide a foundation for sound supply chain design. The ‘FORRIDGE’ principles have since been shown to be a powerful guide for effective design of make-to-stock supply chains. However, some have questioned the applicability of generic supply chain thinking, arguing for a tailored approach. Hence, the goal here is to investigate how these principles should be adapted for engineer-to-order (ETO) industries, such as construction, capital goods and shipbuilding. The empirical elements draw on an extensive study of 12 suppliers and two large contractors in the construction industry. Supply chain tactics are identified for this range of companies, which are matched with real world problems, and linked with the FORRIDGE principles. This results in an additional ‘Design for X’ principle being proposed. The contributions made are the adaptation of established principles for the ETO sector, and the framework behind these principles.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: supply chain, engineer-to-order, construction, design-for-X
Additional Information: Online publication date: 26 February 2014. Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at tp:// (accessed 20/06/14.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0953-7287
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 December 2013
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 07:28

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