Construction sector fails to build supply chain collaboration

12 May 2008
More news

13 May 2008 | Paul Snell

The lack of progress in supply chain integration is the "one disappointment" in targets set out by the building industry.

The Strategic Forum for Construction said there had been good progress on targets such as increasing the number of qualified staff, apprenticeships and boosting further education, since the publication of Sir John Egan's report Accelerating Change in 2002.

However, the industry had failed to meet the target of half of construction projects being carried out by integrated teams and supply chains by 2007.

Accelerating Change advised buyers to form close working relationships with their supply chains to eradicate the "adversarial" culture inherent in the sector (News, 19 September 2002).

Mike Davies, chairman of the strategic forum, said in a statement: "While most parts of the industry recognise that more integrated working is taking place, and can demonstrate the benefits that arise from this, it has not extended as widely as the report had intended or as the industry would like."

He added the Strategic Forum views this improvement as a priority, and has drawn up an action plan of what needs to be done, with the help of case studies of successful projects where it has been achieved.

A new set of targets for the industry will be launched on 11 June by the group in the Strategy for Sustainable Construction.



SMmay2008

LATEST
JOBS
London SW1E
Circa £62-68k depending on experience, with attractive benefits
Girls' Day School Trust
Chelmsford, Essex
Up to £44,000 per annum
Essex County Council
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE