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Logistics Information Management

ISSN: 0957-6053
Currently published as: Journal of Enterprise Information Management

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Information and Knowledge Management

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Concurrent engineering: a multi-disciplinary approach for construction

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Title:Concurrent engineering: a multi-disciplinary approach for construction
Author(s):A. Gunasekaran, (A. Gunasekaran is in the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Systems, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.), P.E.D. Love, (P.E.D. Love is in the School of Architecture and Building, Woolstores Campus, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia)
Citation:A. Gunasekaran, P.E.D. Love, (1998) "Concurrent engineering: a multi-disciplinary approach for construction", Logistics Information Management, Vol. 11 Iss: 5, pp.295 - 300
Keywords:Channel relationships, Communications, Construction management, Decision making, Logistics, Simultaneous engineering
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09576059810234209 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:This paper addresses the concept of concurrent engineering (CE) and its application to construction. The construction process is faced with an ephemeral shifting coalition of participants who have divergent goals and objectives. Consequently, adversarial relationships between project participants have developed. This has made it difficult for organizations to cooperate, communicate and integrate with each other effectively. The CE concept advocates the implementation of a multi-disciplinary team approach to construction by encouraging collaborative decision making based upon team coordination and information sharing. This paper suggests that a multi-disciplinary approach can be achieved by introducing the contractor, major subcontractors and suppliers during the design phase.

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