Engaging the Construction Supply Chain: A Pluralistic Perspective

Lasse Fredslund, Stefan Gottlieb

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Construction Supply Chain Management (CSCM) has recently gained momentum as a means of improving the construction industry's productivity. However, it has been difficult to create a dominant paradigm that translates CSCM into effective and value-added practices. Drawing on a critical literature review combining insights from Neo-Institutional Theory and Engaged Scholarship principles, the paper presents an alternative practice oriented framework for advancing CSCM. The contribution is a supplement to the macro-oriented agenda typically associated with industrial change, which often neglects to consider the relationship between micro-practices and institutional logics in the effort of progress. In particular, the proposed framework acknowledges pluralism and contextual sensitivity as a prerequisite for providing greater insight into the problematic and messy nature of industry change. In conclusion, the role of micro-level agency is agued to be instrumental for the further progress of CSCM. Thus, the paper attempts to re-orientate CSCM by presenting a framework based on participatory analysis and critical discussions combining field and individual-level perspectives. The research limitations are affected by the CSCM research conducted in non-positivistic paradigms, which involves a certain amount of subjectivity as some of the arguments depends on the authors' perceptions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference
EditorsC Gorse, C J Neilson
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationBelfast, UK
PublisherARCOM - Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event34th Annual ARCOM Conference - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20185 Sept 2018
Conference number: 34


Conference34th Annual ARCOM Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • CSCM
  • Engaged scholarship
  • Pluralism
  • Research methods
  • Sensitivity


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