Supply Chain Integration in the Building Industry

The Emergence of Integrated and Repetitive Strategies in a Fragmented and Project-Driven Industry


Vrijhoef, R.

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Delft University Press


The building industry is a fragmented and project-driven industry with specific characteristics, which can sometimes result in negative effects. Reference has often been made to other industries, particularly manufacturing, that would function more effectively and efficiently. Major differences between building and manufacturing include the organization and coordination of the supply chain. Supply chain integration has been suggested as a solution to the deficiencies experienced in the building industry. The premise is that the supply chain would function better if the building industry could aim for the standards of a more integrated and repetitively operating industry. This thesis aims to contribute to the theoretical and practical development of the concept of supply chain integration in the building industry.