Drivers for adopting reverse logistics in the construction industry : a qualitative study

Chileshe, Nicholas, Rameezdeen, Raufdeen and Hosseini, Mohammad 2016, Drivers for adopting reverse logistics in the construction industry : a qualitative study, Engineering, construction and architectural management, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 134-157, doi: 10.1108/ECAM-06-2014-0087.

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Title Drivers for adopting reverse logistics in the construction industry : a qualitative study
Author(s) Chileshe, Nicholas
Rameezdeen, Raufdeen
Hosseini, MohammadORCID iD for Hosseini, Mohammad
Journal name Engineering, construction and architectural management
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 134
End page 157
Total pages 24
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0969-9988
Keyword(s) Drivers
Reverse logistics
Construction industry
Cluster analysis
Supply chain management (SCM)
South Australia
Summary Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate and analyse the perceptions of South Australian construction practitioners on drivers affecting the implementation of reverse logistics (RL). In this context, RL is defined as the process of moving goods from their typical final destination for the purpose of capturing value or ensuring proper disposal.

Design/methodology/approach - Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight practitioners to collect data and the interview transcripts were analysed using the NVivo (version 10) package. Cluster analysis was used to cross-validate the findings and provide an in-depth insight into the findings.

Findings - The findings indicate that most of the drivers identified in earlier research are relevant for the construction industry. In addition, the study identified some new drivers that are categorised as "targeted demands by an exclusive clientele". These drivers were found to be complementary to the economic, environmental and social drivers as previously conceptualised. In addition, a set of factors affecting the strength of drivers that had been overlooked in previous studies emanated from the interview analysis. These include the type of project and the attributes of clients, both of which strongly affect the drivers of RL implementation in construction.

Research limitations/implications - The major limitations are the relatively small size of the sample of interviewees and having interviewees from one geographic area with specific socio-economic characteristics.

Practical implications
- The identified drivers and the clustering of RL themes could be used by practitioners as a "road map" for the development of appropriate solutions to successfully promote RL within the construction industry. Organisational energies could thus be channelled towards the drivers that need the most improvement.

Originality/value - The study contributes to this research sphere by employing cluster analysis to customise and contextualise the drivers that were previously identified. The study goes beyond the extant literature by discovering the prominent effects of these drivers on the impact of targeted demands by an exclusive clientele. This could be of great value in terms of creating avenues for future investigations on the topic.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/ECAM-06-2014-0087
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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