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A Diagnostic Review Of The Barriers To Supply Chain Management In Construction Supply Chains


  • Chengedzai MAFINI

    (Vaal University of Technology)


    (Vaal University of Technology)


The construction industry is one of the largest contributors to the global economy. It has, however, been experiencing noteworthy challenges due to multifaceted factors, some of which are related to supply chain management. In this study, we identified the barriers to supply chain management in the construction industry and how these can be overcome. A review of related literature was conducted, after which a qualitative approach was adopted for the empirical portion of the study. The latter involved two focus group interviews and 15 semi-structured interviews held with supply chain managers drawn from the South African construction industry. A thematic analysis of responses revealed seven themes, namely procurement practices and capacity, construction supply chain management structure, supply chain integration, relationships and coordination in supply chains, supply chain collaborations, supply chain leadership management and logistics management. These themes represent the barriers to effective supply chain management and signify areas deserving attention in the diagnoses of supply chain related problems in the construction industry. The study concludes by suggesting practices that could be implemented to overcome these barriers.

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  • Chengedzai MAFINI & POOBIE PILLAY, 2017. "A Diagnostic Review Of The Barriers To Supply Chain Management In Construction Supply Chains," Proceedings of Business and Management Conferences 5607304, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:sek:ibmpro:5607304

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