Organisational structures to support concurrent engineering in construction

Chimay J. Anumba, Catherine Baugh, Malik M.A. Khalfan

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    Abstract

    The construction industry is plagued by fragmentation of the functions carried out by the various disciplines involved in a project, particularly between the design and construction teams. Concurrent engineering (CE) is seen as a possible means of overcoming this problem. However, for the use of CE to produce the desired benefits, various issues have to be addressed, one of which is the use of appropriate organisational structures. To this effect, this paper explores organisational structures for the implementation of CE in the construction industry. It does so by first reviewing the main principles of, and issues concerning, CE and organisational structures, and by examining the structures which have been proposed for CE by researchers and those which have been used by manufacturing companies in their implementation of CE. By taking into account the peculiarities of the construction industry, this information is used, in conjunction with the results of case studies of companies within the industry, to suggest suitable types of corporate and project level organisational structures to support CE.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)260-270
    Number of pages11
    JournalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
    Volume102
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2002

    Keywords

    • Construction industry
    • Organizational structure
    • Simultaneous engineering

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