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Title: The non-adoption of supply chain management
Authors: Fernie, Scott
Tennant, Stuart
Keywords: Clans
Grounded theory
Quasi-firm
Supply chain management
Triads
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: FERNIE, S. and TENNANT, S., 2013. The non-adoption of supply chain management. Construction Management and Economics, 31 (10), pp. 1038 - 1058.
Abstract: Largely taken for granted within the UK construction sector has been a view that supply chain management theory is robust, relevant and reliable. As such it has formed a substantial aspect of previous and contemporary policy and government funded research. Despite this, the general view of its development and diffusion over the last 15 years within the construction industry has been problematic. Coincidentally, prevailing debates within the supply chain management academic community point to the lack of unified theory, models of diffusion and strong connections to organization theory. Using Straussian grounded theory, iterations between data and organization theory provided a fresh perspective on the development and diffusion of supply chain management in construction. This inductive research provided contextually rich explanations for development and diffusion that explicitly connected with and drew upon robust, relevant and reliable theories of institutions, innovation diffusion, triads, quasifirms and mechanisms of organizational governance. These explanations challenge the simplistic assumption that chains and networks of organizations are holistically managed and controlled by any single organization or institution in the construction industry. The debate therefore shifts away from proselytizing supply chain management towards research that explores the rigour, relevance and reliability of supply chain management assumptions in construction. The gap between industry practice and policy is exposed and the question is posed: to what extent policy and practice do, or should, constitute a recursive relationship.© 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics on 10th October 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446193.2013.830186.
Sponsor: Work on this paper was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), [grant number EP/G048606/1].
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2013.830186
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17719
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2013.830186
ISSN: 0144-6193
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Civil and Building Engineering)

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