Finding and reducing obstacles for implementing new logistics systems in the construction industry
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The inefficient logistics in the construction industry is wasting vast amounts of time and resources. The major contracting firms are aware of the problem and have developed new logistics systems to reduce the waste, but all in vain. The developments are not accepted in practice. This thesis seeks to find and then reduce the factors that make implementation difficult. A literature review provides a theoretical framework. Both a quantitative and a qualitative study are addressed to site managers in larger contracting firms, as well as their suppliers. Results reveal that the three major obstacles are organisational inertia, communication difficulties and poor knowledge management. To overcome these problems, both current theories and empirical results suggest that problems and solution should be shared between production managers on seminars or similar. Know-how must be retained and shared between projects by developing standards for knowledge management on central level in the organisation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 93 p.
implementation, logistics, material handling, construction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28371Local ID: FE:6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-28371DiVA: diva2:634687
Subject / course
Industrial Engineering and Management, Master of Science
Master Programme in Business Administration