Diffusion of platform thinking as an innovation in the construction supply chain

Grabham, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-0262-8371 and Manu, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-9002-3681, 2021. Diffusion of platform thinking as an innovation in the construction supply chain. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law. ISSN 1751-4304

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Abstract

The construction industry has received long standing criticism over its fragmented approach to supply chain management, adversarial relationships, and ongoing defects. Platform thinking has been observed in other industries as a phenomenon that offers reinvention from the traditional perspectives on the supply chain. In this study, a scoping review of platform thinking is presented. A database search of 656 papers across 15 journals, along with 3 sources from a Google search and 12 sources from a manual review of the reference lists were reviewed in relation to platform thinking in construction. While many variants of platforms exist, the scoping review demonstrates a focus on product platforms that has historical precedents. This paper highlights the benefits of platform thinking whilst linking to the lessons of the past. This provides a valuable insight for future implications of platform thinking. This paper contributes to the limited literature on platform thinking in the construction industry by linking historical examples with present and potential future investigation.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law
Creators: Grabham, S. and Manu, E.
Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd.
Date: 26 November 2021
ISSN: 1751-4304
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1680/jmapl.21.00019DOI
1503162Other
Rights: Copyright © ICE Publishing 2021, all rights reserved. This is the accepted version of the text that incorporates all revisions due to peer review or editorial comment, but before the article has been copyedited and typeset.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 Dec 2021 15:54
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2021 15:54
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45133

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