Issue #2
Volume 2, Number 1

Welcome to the first issue of IJCSCM in 2012. The issue contains four papers that were written by authors based in New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. Altogether 12 authors produced these papers aimed at enhancing supply chain management research and practice in the construction industry.

The themes covered are varied, beginning with Tennant and Fernie’s paper encouraging the adoption of a form of client-led supply chain relationship called ‘clans’ for the UK construction industry. Vilasini et al seek better integration of critical subcontractors and suppliers with main alliance members on projects executed using the alliance procurement system. Vilasini et al suggest a revised process flowchart which could ensure the inclusion of critical subcontractors and suppliers at the early stages of alliance formation. Tran and Tookey present the need for academic research on the management of the construction supply chain from a ‘real options’ perspective. McDevitt et al describe a specific search for a method which could include injurious impact into Construction Life Cycle Assessment studies. McDevitt et al suggest that this approach could bring about the inclusion of social metrics in construction sector supply chain management and declarations.

Once again I feel confident that these papers will make significant contribution to knowledge to all areas relevant to construction and the management of its supply chain. Please feel free to send in your suggestions that will help improve our activity. We strive to deliver quality service and to maintain the integrity of our published findings.

James O.B. Rotimi PhD
Editor

Papers: 

AN EMERGENT FORM OF CLIENT-LED SUPPLY CHAIN GOVERNANCE IN UK CONSTRUCTION: CLANS by Stuart Tennant and Scott Fernie

Drawing inspiration and legitimacy from the traditions of organisational theory and in particular alternative mechanisms of organisational governance, the research explores an emergent, clan form of client-led supply chain governance in UK construction. Clan mechanisms of organisational...

A FRAMEWORK FOR SUBCONTRACTOR INTEGRATION IN ALLIANCE CONTRACTS by Nimesha Vilasini, Thomas R. Neitzert, James O. B. Rotimi, Abimbola O. Windapo

Project alliancing involves the active collaboration of construction project owners and non-owner participants (designer, contractors, and suppliers) to deliver projects in an atmosphere of shared responsibilities and liabilities. Alliancing connotes integration but in real practice, it fails to...

DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT RESEARCH IN NEW ZEALAND: A REAL OPTIONS PERSPECTIVE by Van Tran and John E. Tookey

Real Options (RO) has been a universally accepted concept in a number of major industries. However, its use in the construction supply chain management (CSCM) sector has been limited. Some rare supply chain management RO studies have shown a number of limitations. First, there is a lack of a...

ESTIMATING INJURIOUS IMPACT IN CONSTRUCTION LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENTS: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY by James E McDevitt, Dave Moore, Felicity Lamm, Nadine McDonnell

This paper is the result of a desire to include social factors alongside environmental and economic considerations in Life Cycle Assessment studies for the construction sector. We describe a specific search for a method to include injurious impact for construction Life Cycle Assessment studies...