The paper adopts a combined supply chain management and purchasing theory approach to changes in a contractor's purchasing organization and suppliers relations. This is seen to be a complex prolonged change process emerging over long time. The method is qualitative and longitudinal combining ex ante studies with ex post elements. As the time frame is ten years a necessary combination of studies with different aims has been done. The case of a major contractor's efforts within supply chain and purchasing exhibits a number of change elements in interaction; new business concepts, processes, organization, management, competences and efforts towards globalization. Overall the case shows a shift from a project purchasing regime to a mixed regime combined strategic sourcing with project sourcing. This involves a governance element of mediation, such as common committees, rigorous managerial backup and mixing of competences from engineering and purchasing. Even if the case represents some institutional mimicking of general trends within supply chain management and purchasing, it also exhibit strong adaption to construction project regimes and less ICT and e-business use than would be expected. Adopting a longitudinal approach to the change thus also enables a view for a slow but remarkable change in a sector renowned for little agility.
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain (ils), 2010, p. 1-9
Construction; Long term transformation; purchasing organization; supplier relations
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International Conference on Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain, 2010
3rd International Conference on Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain (ILS)