Supply Chain and Business Models Work Stream

What do we do?

The Supply Chain and Business Models work stream is focussed on analysing and demonstrating how the construction process can and should change.  And change in a systemic way from an approach that focusses on the process of construction to one that focusses instead on the outcomes that are needed from the building/infrastructure.  It should place the customer, end-user and owner at the fore, delivering the best outcome for the customer: no-hassle, no surprises, high-quality, timely and cost-effective.

This change needs co-ordination and leadership both across the industry and the often-lengthy supply chains and it demands a new way of working.


Why is this important?

Changing ways of working is essential to deliver better outcomes for all those involved in the construction industry and especially for end-users and owners of buildings, whether in the public or private sector.  A key ambition is to ensure that construction and maintenance especially of large capital projects is quicker and more-efficient.  There’s also recognition from those constructing our buildings that there are better ways of working with building owners e.g. earlier collaboration, simplified procurement and whole-life costing.  These issues create a great opportunity for the construction industry.

How will we achieve this?

Initially the Supply Chain and Business Models work stream is focussing on a range of issues, including:

  • Working with the industry – owners of assets and the supply-chain to understand behaviours and how to create better outcomes
  • Working with academia and industry to find ‘what best looks like’ and examples of better business and collaboration models
  • Understating how businesses in the industry operate, what are the current models and how/where they can be improved
  • Developing an Implementation Plan for the period 2016 – 2025.

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