Comparing the value of information sharing under different inventory policies in construction supply chain

Xiaolong Xue, Qiping Shen, Yongtao Tan, Yu Zhang, Hongqin Fan

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Measuring the value of information sharing (VIS) in different inventory policies can help general contractor to improve materials and equipments management in construction supply chain. The models for measuring the VIS under (s, S) and Periodic Review (PR) inventory policies are established. A method to compare the VIS is given in a two-level construction supply chain, which aims to measure the impacts of supply quantity information of materials on general contractor's service level and total inventory cost under different inventory policies. A numerical example is proposed to explore the gap of VIS between (s, S) and PR inventory policies in a rebar supply chain. The results show that general contractor's service level in (s, S) inventory is higher than PR's and total inventory cost in (s, S) inventory is lower than PR's in the case of no information sharing. In the case of information sharing, general contractor's service level in PR inventory policy is higher than (s, S) policy; however, it is implemented by the increase of total inventory cost. This research provides valuable information to help general contractor to make correct decision on inventory management in supply chain at firm-level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-876
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Construction supply chain
  • Information sharing
  • Inventory policy
  • Value of information sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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