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Supply side short-circuiting in design and build projects

By A. D. Knight, A. Griffith and A. P. King


<p>Investigates the supply and demand side of the UK construction industry; highlights the dissatisfaction with procurement routes, believed to be due to the separation of the design, and production functions. Refers to the two types of procurement operating in the industry; focuses on the design and build procurement; looks at how it has developed and the situation as it exists presently. Records interviews with contractors and architects to develop a new formal theory; draws data mainly from the participating architects. Spotlights the identification of a major theme - the issue of the architect 'short-circuiting' communication channels in the tender design development process (diagram provided); examines some of the reasons for this. Puts forward that 'short-circuiting' leads to fragmentation and conflict within the supply chain and blurs functional boundaries; argues that 'short-circuiting' is not allowing an integrated process; looks at the implications.</p

Year: 2002
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