Looks at the changing nature of the construction supply industry and the role of electronic commerce in the evolved market. With the emphasis shifting from supply‐ to demand‐driven product design, the trading relationships become more complex. In their current form, electronic commerce and brokering systems are too immature to support such relationships. Proposes an electronic market in design and supply capability that spans the supply chain and discusses some of the research issues raised by such a prospect. Many elements of a technical solution are available. The research must address significant changes in working practices and soft systems methods addressing human issues, which are more important than technological design. Exploration of business process re‐engineering options using simulation models is another important aspect of the work. Although the target area is the construction industry, many of the issues which will need to be explored are relevant for other sectors moving to adopt open networked solutions.
Elliman, T. and Orange, G. (2000), "Electronic commerce to support construction design and supply‐chain management: a research note", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 30 No. 3/4, pp. 345-360. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030010326163
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