Managing vulnerabilities and capabilities for supply chain resilience in industrialised construction

Anushika Chathurangi Ekanayake Ekanayake Mudiyanselage, Geoffrey Q.P. Shen, Mohan M. Kumaraswamy

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Abstract

Industrialised Construction (IC), as a modern construction technology is superior to conventional cast-in-situ concrete construction in many ways and has attracted immense attention from many countries over the past two decades. This widespread interest can be largely explained by the inherent superiority of the technology and its products. However, a major challenge faced by managers of IC is to anticipate and withstand its innate supply chain disruptions. Indeed, the IC supply chain is found to be quite complex, resulting in potential disruptions that can significantly affect performance levels. This, therefore, requires a new focus on disruption management that transcends 'conventional wisdom' and standard practices. Supply chain resilience (SCR) as a focus area for a new initiative, has emerged in other industries to address supply chain related challenges in effective disruption management by calling for supply chains that are less brittle and more adaptive. There is a dearth of literature in construction SCR, while the research gap is even wider and also more critical for SCR in IC. Therefore, a systematic literature review followed by an initial empirical study with site visits were performed in Hong Kong, by gathering, analysing and consolidating the relevant research data and findings, to develop a framework that identifies and maps vulnerabilities and capabilities for SCR in IC, thereby enabling deeper examination of how best to address and manage them together and more effectively. Thus, the main thrust of this study is to propose a basic framework to enhance SCR in IC by first identifying potential supply chain disruptions; and next proposing well-informed management strategies to withstand these disruptions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference
EditorsChris Gorse, Christopher J Neilson
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Pages811-820
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780995546349
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
Event35th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference

Conference

Conference35th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLeeds
Period2/09/194/09/19

Keywords

  • industrialised construction
  • supply chain resilience
  • vulnerabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Building and Construction

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