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Reducing the use of resources in medium-sized Swedish construction enterprises: production managers’ views

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  • Pim M. A. Polesie

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What construction firms do—and do not do—to reduce the use of resources in construction projects is explored by adopting production managers’ views of their firms’ onsite activities. A literature review and empirical data are combined; 15 production managers have been asked how they perceived their company’s compliance with 31 recommendations to reduce the use of resources. The managers perceived their firms to primarily focus on identifying their customers’ real needs, stimulating employees to undertake further education, and striving for long-term customer--supplier relationships. In contrast, they perceived that less attention was directed to making use of all of the week’s hours, to supporting their main suppliers in their development, and planning feedback and training after project completion. The use of resources is examined by focusing on the perceived low priority given to gathering information and knowledge, as well as to reducing time and the need for long-term relationships with customers in contrast to short-term relationships with suppliers. The managers adopted a project-specific approach mainly to the use of material resources. A more holistic view of resources could enable the development of novel solutions in construction.

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  • Pim M. A. Polesie, 2012. "Reducing the use of resources in medium-sized Swedish construction enterprises: production managers’ views," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(3), pages 193-202, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:30:y:2012:i:3:p:193-202
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2012.658823
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