Organising logistics and transport activities in construction
Journal article, 2019

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyse how different ways of organising transport and logistics activities in construction impact on efficiency. The paper scrutinises three particular transport and logistics configurations: the de-centralised coordinated configuration, the on-site coordinated configuration and the supply network coordinated configuration.

Design/methodology/approach – Three configurations are derived from the literature and from case studies. The efficiency of the three configurations is analysed on three levels of analysis: the construction site, the supply chain, and across supply chains and construction sites.
Findings – The paper concludes that there are possibilities to enhance efficiency on all three levels of analysis by widening the scope of coordination beyond the individual construction site.

Practical implications – The analysis points to efficiency potentials in applying the supply network coordinated configuration, although this configuration puts high demands on collaboration amongst the actors involved.
Originality/value – The paper provides illustration, and explanation, of the efficiency potentials involved in the three configurations.


Supply chain integration


Buyer–supplier relationships

Supply chain processes

Sourcing and supply

Logistics cost

Qualitative interviews


Anna Dubois


Kajsa Hulthén

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Viktoria Sundquist

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

International Journal of Logistics Management

0957-4093 (ISSN) 1758-6550 (eISSN)

Vol. 30 2 620-640

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

Business Administration



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