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Coordination and waste in industrialised housing
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2011 (English)In: Construction Innovation, ISSN 1471-4175, E-ISSN 1477-0857, Vol. 11, no 1, 77-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This study maintains that there is a need for proper execution of coordination mechanisms as a means to reduce waste. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between the coordination of activities and resources on the one hand, and the occurrence of different types of waste on the other.

Design/methodology/approach – The empirical context of this paper is a case study at a Swedish construction company that has applied the industrialised housing concept; a concept which has increased in popularity in recent years. The core concept of industrialised housing means that houses are (more or less) pre-manufactured in specific production units, i.e. factories, and thereafter assembled on-site.

Findings – The analysis highlights the importance of having the right type as well as the right amount of coordination. In addition, obstacles and challenges for proper coordination are discussed.

Originality/value – Even if not all waste can be explained and eliminated by appropriate coordination, this research shows that coordination theory provides lean researchers with a new tool for analysis of the supply chain and how waste can be eliminated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald , 2011. Vol. 11, no 1, 77-91 p.
Keyword [en]
Waste, Housing, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64453DOI: 10.1108/14714171111104646OAI: diva2:391412
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2012-01-20
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1. Towards Partnerships in Industrialized Housing
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2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to describe and analyse purchasing strategies and their interdependence with the production process and supplier relationships in industrialized housing. The thesis is a multiple case study of four Swedish industrialized timber-housing manufacturers. The case studies included interviews with top managers concerning purchasing, production and supplier relationships. Production is considered the heart of the company. Therefore, to gain an in-depth knowledge of how production affects purchasing and thus supplier relationships and vice versa, observations were made to study the production process. Many different parts and competences need to be coordinated in the creation of a house. In the West, the construction industry has been heavily criticized for low efficiency and effectiveness. Conclusions from the case studies showed that codevelopment, customization and secure deliveries are regarded highly by industrial house builders and to obtain them, long-term relationships with suppliers are preferred. Industrialized house builders are argued to have more long-term relationships with their suppliers than traditional on-site builders. Industrial house builders choose their suppliers based on the purchased products’ value-in-production rather than price. Product and process innovations created in collaboration with suppliers seem to be a way to enhance the production process of houses. Through the site resource of the factory, industrial house builders have the potential to refine their processes in win-win partnerships with suppliers for a more efficient and effective production of houses, as onsite work is harder to standardize and control.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 85 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1479
National Category
Social Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67114 (URN)LiU-TEK-Lic 2011:18 (Local ID)978-91-7393-177-9 (ISBN)LiU-TEK-Lic 2011:18 (Archive number)LiU-TEK-Lic 2011:18 (OAI)
2011-04-05, ACAS, Hus A, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2011-03-30 Created: 2011-03-30 Last updated: 2011-05-23Bibliographically approved

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