Analysis of reverse logistics implementation practices by South Australian construction organisations

Chileshe, Nicholas, Rameezdeen, Raufdeen, Hosseini, Mohammad, Lehmann, Steffan and Udeaja, Chika 2016, Analysis of reverse logistics implementation practices by South Australian construction organisations, International journal of operations and production management, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 332-356, doi: 10.1108/IJOPM-01-2014-0024.

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Title Analysis of reverse logistics implementation practices by South Australian construction organisations
Author(s) Chileshe, Nicholas
Rameezdeen, Raufdeen
Hosseini, MohammadORCID iD for Hosseini, Mohammad
Lehmann, Steffan
Udeaja, Chika
Journal name International journal of operations and production management
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 332
End page 356
Total pages 25
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0144-3577
Keyword(s) South Australia
supply chain management
construction industry
reverse logistics
mixed methodology
Summary Purpose – A large number of benefits have been reported when reverse logistics (RL) is fully implemented in the construction industry. However, RL is yet to become common place in the construction sector, particularly in Australia. The particular sub-sector in which RL operates is small and weak and the remainder of the sector must embrace and accommodate it comfortably. Research is lacking on how to promoting RL in the construction industry. Very little has been done to identify the current practices that have the potential to promote RL industry-wide. The purpose of this paper is to identify the practices that work well in the sector, a strategy could be mapped out to promote RL to all stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach – In order to fill the above gap, the present study used a mixed method approach to gather and evaluate current practices and their potential to promote RL in South Australia’s construction industry. Practices that were identified using a comprehensive literature review were evaluated with a questionnaire survey and series of interviews involving construction professionals. Findings – The findings are that practices facilitating deconstruction is the most important, followed by practices facilitating the use of salvaged materials in new construction to promote RL in South Australia. Awareness of deconstruction benefits, challenges and procedures at the organisation level and facilities and services at industry level were associated with RL implementation. Availability of salvaged materials in the market was found to influence its use in new construction and as a consequence its demand. Designing for reverse logistics is another practice that could facilitate deconstruction and the onus of its promotion lies mainly with the designers. Research limitations/implications – This research was confined to one state in Australia. As such the generalisation to other states and other countries should be treated cautiously. Practical implications – The findings of this study can help inform the industry and its stakeholders on areas that they need to concentrate more on to make the South Australian construction industry a fully RL integrated one. To that end the authors propose some recommendations arising from the findings reported here. Originality/value – This study makes a contribution to the body of knowledge on reserve logistics within a previously unexplored South Australian context. In addition, the study provides valuable insights into the contribution of RL practices to the construction industry.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/IJOPM-01-2014-0024
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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