Supply side short-circuiting in design and build projects

KNIGHT, A. D., GRIFFITH, A. and KING, A. P. (2002). Supply side short-circuiting in design and build projects. Management decision, 40 (7), 655-662.

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Investigates the supply and demand side of the UK construction industry; highlights the dissatisfaction with procurement routes, believed to be due to the separation of the design, and production functions. Refers to the two types of procurement operating in the industry; focuses on the design and build procurement; looks at how it has developed and the situation as it exists presently. Records interviews with contractors and architects to develop a new formal theory; draws data mainly from the participating architects. Spotlights the identification of a major theme - the issue of the architect 'short-circuiting' communication channels in the tender design development process (diagram provided); examines some of the reasons for this. Puts forward that 'short-circuiting' leads to fragmentation and conflict within the supply chain and blurs functional boundaries; argues that 'short-circuiting' is not allowing an integrated process; looks at the implications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: architects, construction industry, purchasing, supply chain, tendering
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Built Environment Division Research Group
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Page Range: 655-662
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 01:15

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