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The Daily Life of a Construction Contractor: Multiplicity in Production Strategies
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings from 7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation 2013: Green Urbanisation - Implications for value Creation : Trondheim June 12-14, 2013 / [ed] Ole Jonny Klakegg, Trondheim: Akademika forlag, 2013, 404-414 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For a contractor, two main contractual agreements are used to meet the client; open bidding or design-build contracts. Viewing construction as a production system, this implies different production strategies are active; engineer-to-order and make-to-order. Theory suggests that this is difficult to handle within the same firm. The research aims to identify concurrent production strategies at a contractor and to elaborate on the consequences for the internal capabilities when acting according to several strategies. The in-depth case study is performed at a large contractor, active on the construction market in several European countries. The core capabilities of the case firm are analysed using theory capturing needed capabilities in the engineer-to-order and make-to-order situations. Generalisation is made by describing the atypical capabilities and consequences. The case study firm operates four concurrent production strategies. To cope, manufacturing is organised in flexible, multi-skilled teams to optimise the manufacturing resource utilization. When introducing industrialization in construction, the manufacturing flexibility hinders streamlining of the supply chain.

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Trondheim: Akademika forlag, 2013. 404-414 p.
Keyword [en]
Core capabilities, make-to-order, engineer-to-order, platform, Civil engineering and architecture - Building manufacturing engineering
Keyword [sv]
Samhällsbyggnadsteknik och arkitektur - Byggproduktionsteknik
Research subject
Timber Structures
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34398Local ID: 89386b94-089f-4c42-be3c-baba312e3e2cISBN: 978-82-321-0273-0 (PDF)OAI: diva2:1007649
Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation : 12/06/2013 - 14/06/2013
Godkänd; 2013; 20131201 (heljoh)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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