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Supply Chain Management in Construction and Engineer-to-order Industries

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Production Planning & Control plans to publish a special issue on Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Construction and Engineering-To-Order (ETO) industries. The special issue is intended to publish high – quality, authoritative and detailed analyses, briefings and case studies focused on issues that relate to operations and supply chain managers and – in general – studies that help them to do their work better, or that address relevant emerging problems.

The current literature on SCM in Construction and ETO industries is scant and scattered over a wide range of publications. This special issue aims to bring together developments in SCM and in Construction and ETO sectors that are of interest to both practitioners and researchers.

In this special issue, we take an extended view of the Construction industry and ETO supply chains, which encompasses the construction of industrial and residential buildings, of civil engineering and infrastructure projects such as road, railways and bridges. We also include a wide range of ETO products where the execution of engineering activities to complete each order is required. Relevant examples are e.g. power plant boilers, electrical switchgear, commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment, industrial cranes, and specialty vehicles.

The construction industry and complex engineering work is a key sector of every country and the application of SCM techniques holds much promise to improve performance of construction firms and their projects in many ways. Moreover, construction is a worldwide activity with many distinctive features, including initiatives significantly different in type, size, complexity etc.: a number of different supply chains have to be fully integrated when a construction firm delivers a ‘product’ to end customers or clients. The typical output of construction activity is unique. However, construction products must embed many components and raw materials that are manufactured through industrial plants and systems. The industrialization movement is also growing with the rise of offsite manufacturing and prefabricated subassemblies, not to mention that some house builders use standard designs, and they could build a whole estate of hundreds at a time, which makes their activity somewhat repetitive and thus similar to industrial contexts

The characteristics of many construction firms – according to their markets, products and internal processes of their organization – allow them to be placed in the domain of ETO situations, where products are designed, engineered and finished after an order has been received. The product design for each order is uniquely tailored to the customer’s specification, including the development of order-specific product content, such as Bills of Material, drawings, and manufacturing work instructions. The variety of work in ETO companies, the customized, complex products and the underlying uncertainties of markets, all indicate that SCM-related processes need to be integrated with other core processes, including tendering and design.

These distinctive features of ETO industries influence the potential application of established SCM techniques, and it is still not clear which approaches can be adopted, need to be adapted, or are not suitable. There is also a need for a more strategic view of SCM where, for example, procurement significantly contributes in the tendering phase and the early involvement of Supply Chain partners, as well as New Product Development (NPD) processes, to improve overall performance.

The special issue aims at featuring a combination of theoretical and practical articles, complemented by a wide range of case studies of different ETO situations. In doing so, it will identify key implications for Operations Managers and Supply Chain Managers, including Program Managers, construction materials suppliers and logistics firms in Industrial, Service, Civil and Infrastructure Management.

We welcome case studies from blue chip companies and government bodies worldwide – including Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for construction – detailing their practical experiences, the problems they have encountered, and the lessons they have learned. We welcome also practice articles, detailing latest techniques, ideas and strategies employed by the leaders in operations and supply chain management, outsourcing, offshoring and supply chain sustainability, giving detailed, practical advice on the very latest – or enhanced – initiatives.

The special issue is intended to provide better understanding of SCM in Construction and ETO Industries to academics, operations managers, distribution managers, purchase managers, supply chain managers, project managers, consultants, directors of operations, directors of transportation services, facilities managers, industrial and manufacturing engineers, information specialists, managers, plant supervisors, as well as service providers.

Examples of the subject matters of the papers include, but they are not limited to, the following:

  • Application of Supply Chain Management (SCM) techniques to Construction and ETO Industries
  • Strategic Management of Construction and ETO Procurement
  • Innovation Management in Construction and ETO Supply Chains
  • Time Compression in Construction and ETO Supply chains
  • IT Applications in Construction and ETO Supply Chains
  • Construction and ETO Supply Chain configuration
  • Innovation, Knowledge Sharing and Learning in Construction and ETO Supply Chains.
  • SCM in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and other Government Initiatives in construction
  • Recent advances in Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Construction and ETO industries
  • Supply Chain Sustainability in Construction and ETO industries
  • Supply Chain Risk and Resilience in Construction and ETO industries
  • Supply Chain Organization and Change Management in Construction and ETO industries
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)and New Product development (NPD) process in Construction and ETO industries
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM) for Lean Project Delivery in Construction and ETO industries
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Construction and ETO industries
  • Field Technologies and Their Impact on Management of Supply Chains in Construction and ETO industries

Production Planning & Control

Production Planning & Control is an international journal that brings together research papers on the management of operations in all industries. The journal focuses on research that stems from an industrial need and can guide the activities of managers and future researchers.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Submissions Instructions

Please prepare your paper through Production Planning & Control publication guidelines available at: http:// www.tandfonline.com/ action/ authorSubmission?journalCode= tppc20&page=instructions.

All submissions should be made online at the Production Planning & Control Scholar One Manuscripts website (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tppc). New users should first create an account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Center. Online user guides and access to a help desk are available on this website. Please make sure the correct Special Issue title is selected when submitting.

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers will undergo at robust single-blind, developmental review as per the standard review process followed by Production Planning & Control.  Final acceptance of approved papers will depend on incorporating reviewers’ feedback to the satisfaction of the Guest Editors and Editor.

Deadline for submissions: Manuscripts following the PPC guidelines (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/tppcauth.asp) should be submitted by 1st September 2019.

Expected date of publication: All manuscripts will be promptly and carefully reviewed to be published in 2020.

Guest Editor

Professor Roberto Cigolini
School of Management
Politecnico di Milano

Guest Editor

Dr. Jonathan Gosling
Cardiff Business School

Guest Editor

Professor Ananth Iyer
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University

Guest Editor

Dr. Olga Senicheva
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University