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Construction logistics governing guidelines in urban development projects
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0693-8537
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2019 (English)In: Construction Innovation, ISSN 1471-4175, E-ISSN 1477-0857, Vol. 19, no 1, p. -109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Construction logistics centres (CLC) is one possible solution to manage logistics flows in urban construction projects. The aim of CLC’s are to decrease disturbances to the surrounding environment and to improve logistics flows and the planning of the same to construction sites. However, as CLC’s is a new phenomenon, there is a lack of research with regards to how CLC’s are experienced by stakeholders utilising and/or running them. Therefore, the paper answers two research questions relating to the experiences of three

different stakeholder groups using a CLC in a large development project.

Design/methodology/approach: An exploratory single case research design was chosen to explain how the utilisation and governance of a CLC has been experienced by three main contractors, the CLC operator and the municipality initiating the CLC. Case study methodology is a valid choice when the context and experiences are critical to understanding the phenomenon comprehensively.

Data has been collected through interviews, site visits, observations and documentation. 

Findings: There is potential in utilising CLC’s in development projects, and positive aspects such as consolidation effects and enhanced planning efforts were found. What is evident however, is that the design and implementation of CLC’s must be based on comprehensive stakeholder analysis and clear governance strategies to lay the foundation for a good construction process for the main contractors. Aspects to consider when designing a CLC governance strategy identified were: customer clarification, multi-stakeholder logistics analysis, and information.

Research implications: Problems and possibilities in utilising CLC’s are explored and future research directions are presented. Further research is needed to verify the findings from SRS. With the novelty of CLC’s, it would be useful to study other CLC projects and different solutions as well. 

Practical implications: Contractors, TPL providers, and municipalities can find inspiration for how to design and implement CLC governance strategies based on experiences from the SRS case.

Originality/value: This paper contributes by highlighting contextual aspects affecting the experiences of using and operating CLC’s from different stakeholder perspectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. Vol. 19, no 1, p. -109
Keywords [en]
Construction logistics, Construction logistics centres, Third-party logistics, Governance, Stakeholders, City logistics
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-160459DOI: 10.1108/ci-03-2018-0024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-160459DiVA, id: diva2:1353071
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Svenska Byggbranschens Utvecklingsfond (SBUF), 12902Vinnova, 646453/2016-00996Available from: 2019-09-20 Created: 2019-09-20 Last updated: 2019-09-20

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