Coordinating reverse logistics in construction: mechanisms to manage uncertainties for various disposition scenarios

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    Abstract

    Reverse logistics in construction deals with the movement of building products and materials from salvaged buildings to a new construction site. Demolition firms and contractors need to coordinate their inter-firm activities for disposition scenarios such as reuse, refurbishing, recycling or disposal. Through elaborating on information processing theory, this multiple case-study explores how their coordination mechanisms match uncertainties in different disposition scenarios. Three configurations of demolisher-contractor interorganizational relationships are uncovered: the ‘disposer-controller’ (successful for material recycling), the ‘mover-reseller’ (successful for modular component reuse) and the ‘seller-speculator’ (unsuccessful for element reuse) configuration. These insights contribute to information processing theory and may open up new possibilities to promote resource efficiency within the construction industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2017
    Event26th Annual IPSERA Conference 2017 - Budapest/Balatonfured, Hungary
    Duration: 9 Apr 201712 Apr 2017
    Conference number: 26
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    Conference

    Conference26th Annual IPSERA Conference 2017
    CountryHungary
    CityBudapest/Balatonfured
    Period9/04/1712/04/17
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    Keywords

    • Coordination
    • Information processing
    • Reverse logistics

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