The aim of this PhD research is to gain insight into ways in which contractors could improve the management of, and the collaboration with, suppliers in order to increase their competitiveness. To achieve this aim, four research phases are conducted. Firstly, the current status of supplier-contractor research in the construction industry is explored. Secondly, the current status of buyer-supplier relationship management within the Dutch construction industry is assessed in order to shed light on obstacles to, and opportunities for, increasing the effectiveness of construction firms in managing buyer-supplier relationships. Thirdly, a quick scan purchasing maturity tool is developed and tested through applying a design science research method. Finally, the suppliers’ perspective is considered in order to gain further insight into ways in which contractors could improve the management of, and the collaboration with, suppliers.
|Award date||24 Feb 2012|
|Place of Publication||Enschede, the Netherlands|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Feb 2012|