Understanding Supply Chain Integration as Recoupling

Lasse Fredslund, Stefan Gottlieb, Roine Leiringer

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The Danish construction industry commonly addresses supply chain issues at the project level by focusing on practical problems on site. In consequence, the industry dedicates considerable resources on fighting day-to-day issues instead of embracing a more cross-organizational approach of Construction Supply Chain Management (CSCM). In this paper, we examine the attempts of one of Scandinavia's major contractor groups to achieve CSCM integration and align cross-organizational practices of the supply chain. We present a case study of two subsidiaries in the group using data from observations, surveys and interviews. Drawing on Neoinstitutional theory with emphasis on the concepts of coupling and decoupling, we examine the interplay between institutional pressure and organizational responses. In our discussion, we argue that the coordination of the supply chain is decoupled from the strategic level through its constricted focus on the performance of specific projects. We then go on to illustrate how the company's efforts centre on assuming a role as CSCM integrator by involving key stakeholders of the supply chain to recouple weak links between decision-making and organizational practices. In conclusion, we argue that the company attempts to achieve CSCM integration by generating market-legitimacy. However, the constant creation of new project organizations, the existence of decentralized supply networks as well as informal authority of project managers to select or deselect procurement policies leads to various types of organizational decoupling. Accordingly, there exists a competing environment of conflicting demands and divergent incentive structures, which is an on-going challenge for the necessary alignment of cross-organizational CSCM integration.
TitelAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference
RedaktørerChris Gorse, Christopher J Neilson
Antal sider10
ForlagARCOM - Association of Researchers in Construction Management
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780995546349
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference: Productivity, performance and quality conundrum - Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, Storbritannien
Varighed: 2 sep. 20194 sep. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 35


KonferenceARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference
LokationLeeds Beckett University


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