Construction logistics governing guidelines in urban development projects

Mats Janné (Department of Science and Technology, Linkopings Universitet, Linkoping, Sweden)
Anna Fredriksson (Department of Science and Technology, Linkopings Universitet, Linkoping, Sweden)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Publication date: 5 March 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Although a construction logistics solution is necessary for dealing with the demands in many large urban development projects, there is a lack of research on governance mechanisms for construction logistics solutions. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to analyse the initiation and utilisation of a construction logistics centre (CLC) from different stakeholders’ perspectives to suggest governance mechanisms for strategic, tactical and operational levels and to develop guidelines for implementing these governance mechanisms.

Design/methodology/approach

A single case research design was used. Data were collected through interviews, site visits, observations and documentation from four stakeholder groups.

Findings

There is potential for utilising CLCs in development projects, with positive effects such as consolidation effects and enhanced planning. What is evident, however, is that the design and implementation of the CLCs must be based on a comprehensive stakeholder analysis, as there are conflicting goals between stakeholders. Governance mechanisms, including flexibility in the main contractors’ working construction process, as well as clearly stated roles, responsibilities and communication must be developed to enhance this potential.

Research limitations/implications

The conflicting goals of CLCs are identified and discussed, and the results show the need for further multi-stakeholder analysis of construction logistics solutions.

Practical implications

The experiences from the studied case are developed into practical guidelines to be used in the design of construction logistics solutions in development projects.

Originality/value

This study contributes by taking a multi-stakeholder perspective on CLCs and providing guidelines to be used in the design of construction logistics solutions in development projects.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Sweden’s Innovation Agency VINNOVA/JPI Urban, as well as SBUF, the Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry, for financing this research. The authors would also like to extend their gratitude to the case company respondents. Finally, the authors extend their gratitude to the reviewers of this article, your comments helped in adding to the quality of this article.

This work was supported by the Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry, SBUF; under Grant 12902; and JPI Urban Europe/Sweden’s Innovation Agency VINNOVA under Grant 646453/2016-00996.

No financial interest or benefit has arisen from the direct applications of this research.

Citation

Janné, M. and Fredriksson, A. (2019), "Construction logistics governing guidelines in urban development projects", Construction Innovation, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 89-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-03-2018-0024

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