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|Title:||Establishing ex ante public construction supply chain guidelines in the public procurement of schools' estate|
|Author(s):||Rodney McAdam, (Ulster Business School, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Belfast, UK), Shirley-Ann Hazlett, (Queen's University Management School, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK), Sean Johnston, (Department of Education, Belfast, UK)|
|Citation:||Rodney McAdam, Shirley-Ann Hazlett, Sean Johnston, (2011) "Establishing ex ante public construction supply chain guidelines in the public procurement of schools' estate", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 24 Iss: 3, pp.250 - 273|
|Keywords:||Construction industry, Investments, Schools, Supply chain management|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/09513551111121365 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this study is to explore the formative development of construction supply chain guidelines or proposals in a UK region's schools' estates procurement process to more effectively address a forthcoming increase in investment.
Design/methodology/approach – The research approach is interpretive. Using an action research approach, repeated semi-structured interviews and focus groups with a range of stakeholders are conducted.
Findings – The current construction supply chain in schools' estate procurement has many difficulties, not least given the highly fragmented and disconnected nature of the projects. Synergies are being missed and there is little or no continuous improvement. Drawing on these findings, the research iteratively develops a range of proposals and guidelines to address this situation.
Research limitations/implications – This research adds weight to the current focus on pressing for change in the construction industry. It presents potentially valuable insights into the benefits of partnering arrangements and how these might usefully be incorporated into schools' estate supply chain.
Practical implications – A set of guidelines is developed to guide the public procurement of schools' estate in a UK region. These guidelines are set within the context of the Modernising and Rethinking Construction agenda.
Originality/value – The action research approach enabled the researchers to gain a unique insight into how public procurement and contractor personnel interact and to establish effective practical guidelines.
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