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Resource dependency and collaboration in construction supply chain: literature review and development of a conceptual framework
journal contributionposted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Matteo Donato, Kamrul Ahsan, Himanshu Shee
The construction industry supply chain is seen as a highly volatile and inefficient mechanism that falls well short of expectations due to its project focus rather than its supply chain management prowess. Relationships are short term and project-based so the development of enduring relationships become difficult. The purpose of this study is to present a conceptual model that looks at how construction supply chain actors develop relationships from partner selection through to project completion. The conceptual model, suggests that the relationship is dynamic and changes through the life cycle of a project and is linked to future working relationships. Proposing that dependency and collaboration, trust and price and mediated and non-mediated power become interrelated rather than individual constructs that act independently on the relationship. The relationships proposed will provide an avenue to further extend the literature on supply chain relationships, not only in the construction industry but possibly in other industries that rely heavily on third party suppliers.