Readiness Assessment of the construction supply chain for concurrent engineering

Malik M.A. Khalfan, Chimay J. Anumba, Carys E. Siemieniuch, Murray A. Sinclair

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    There is growing interest in the adoption of concurrent engineering (CE) in the construction industry. While concurrent engineering (CE) is gaining acceptance, some implementation efforts have not realised their full potential for reducing costs, reducing time, and increasing efficiency, effectiveness and performance for product development efforts. This is due in part to insufficient planning to support the implementation. One approach that has been used successfully to improve CE implementation planning is to conduct 'readiness assessment' of an organisation and its supply chain participants prior to the introduction of CE. This helps to investigate the extent to which they are ready to adopt concurrent engineering practices. CE readiness assessment tools and models have been developed and used in other industries such as the manufacturing and software engineering industries. This paper discusses CE and its application to the construction, reviews and compares the existing tools and methods for CE readiness assessment, discusses supply chains generally and construction supply chain specifically, and stresses the need to assess the readiness of the construction supply chain for the adoption of CE. The paper also presents a new readiness assessment model for the construction industry supply chain, and gives examples of its use to assess construction organisations.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)141-153
    Number of pages13
    JournalEuropean Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 2001


    • Concurrent engineering
    • Construction supply chain
    • Readiness assessment
    • Supply chain management
    • Supply chains


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