Resilient Supply Chains in Industrialised Construction: A Hong Kong Case Study

E. M.A.C. Ekanayake, Geoffrey Shen, Mohan Kumaraswamy

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Abstract

A recent report from the McKinsey Global Institute, suggests seven areas that can boost the construction sector productivity including improved supply chain (SC) and onsite execution to overcome the remarkably poor productivity of the construction industry. Although industrialised construction (IC) as an appealing approach has been perceived to improve the productivity of the construction, the fragmented nature of prefabricated SCs nurture variety of vulnerabilities on IC in Hong Kong (HK), and these disruptions beset the industrial performance. Hence, "Supply chain resilience (SCR)"has attracted the emerging interest of academic researchers and industry practitioners which enable proactive disruption management that transcends conventional wisdom and standard practices. This research, therefore, aims to explore the level of vulnerability of IC SCs to the disruptions and proposes a set of counteractive capabilities a firm should develop to withstand these vulnerabilities based on a case study in HK. Data was collected through unstructured interviews with six professionals of the selected case, document reviewing, frequent site visits, and analysed using N-Vivo based content analysis. Thus, the main thrust of this study is to propose strategies to enhance SCR in IC in HK to enhance the productivity of IC through value enhanced SCs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProject Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020
EditorsDavid Grau, Pingbo Tang, Mounir El Asmar
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages311-319
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482889
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts - Tempe, United States
Duration: 8 Mar 202010 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTempe
Period8/03/2010/03/20

Keywords

  • Capabilities
  • Industrialised Construction (IC)
  • Supply Chain Resilience (SCR)
  • Vulnerabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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