Coordination mechanisms for construction supply chain management in the Internet environment

Xiaolong Xue, Yaowu Wang, Qiping Shen, Xiaoguo Yu

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The construction industry in general is characterized with high fragmentation, low productivity, cost and time overruns, and conflicts compared with other manufacturing industries. Supply chain management as an innovative management mode provides a new solution for resolving these problems from systems perspective. Coordination is the core issue to improve construction performance in construction supply chain (CSC). In this paper, the concepts of CSC and CSC management are defined. Furthermore, the inter-organization problems that effect CSC coordination are identified. Considering the Internet fosters the integration of construction processes and provides an efficient platform for CSC coordination, this paper presents two types of Internet-enabled coordination mechanisms: market mechanism, such as auction and contracting, and coordination flow, including information hub and electronic marketplace, for improving construction performance and to accelerate the innovations in the construction industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-157
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2007


  • Construction industry
  • Construction supply chain
  • Internet
  • Supply chain coordination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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