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Potential use of blockchain technology in construction supply chain management of Brazil

Elaine Pinto Varela Alberte (Department of Structural and Construction Engineering, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil )
Gabriel de Oliveira Novelli (Department of Structural and Construction Engineering, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil )

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 30 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to analyze practices, processes and outcomes related to construction supply chain management (CSCM) in Brazil to identify opportunities and direct actions and strategies to improve the Brazilian sector through blockchain technology (BT).

Design/methodology/approach

The study collected empirical data through semi-structured interviews with consumers and distributors to identify how the CSCM functions today. The interviews were structured and analyzed around the following topics: processes, digitalization, quality and weakness of the activities performed. The opportunities for using BT in CSCM were identified by crossing these results with evidence in the bibliography.

Findings

The study identified deficiencies, gaps and good practices applied to information management in the sector. Also, it analyzed the features, drivers and barriers of BT from a practical perspective. The findings suggested that BT is feasible and promising, reducing costs and enhancing process transparency. The need to overcome cultural and economic barriers is a challenging task.

Originality/value

This study brings a new perspective on using BT in CSCM, relating it to the demands and particularities of the construction sector in Brazil. The study identifies a limited panorama of chronic CSCM concerns, given BT’s infinite opportunities. And it motivates a gradual transition toward installing a new technological culture based on BT that focuses on priority care for the sector’s chronic deficiencies. The results can guide practical actions for the successful insertion of BT in the CSCM, laying the foundations for significant future research.

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Citation

Pinto Varela Alberte, E. and de Oliveira Novelli, G. (2024), "Potential use of blockchain technology in construction supply chain management of Brazil", Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-08-2022-0208

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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