Towards a human resources management approach in supply chain management

Paul Chan, David Greenwood

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Supply chain management (SCM) has grown as a discipline since the field attracted attention in the 1980s. However, it is observed that effective implementation of SCM is limited because the current focus is too task-based and information-centric. The concept is often conflated, in practice, with subcontractor management, where numerical flexibility is pertinent. At the same time, consideration of human resources management (HRM) in SCM has been limited. Strategic fit within supply chains tends to emphasise taskbased numerical flexibility, rather than genuine consideration and development of human resources. On the other hand, HRM has, until recently, rarely taken into account interorganisational characteristics that typify the construction industry. Therefore, this research intends to plug the gap by examining the use of human resources in construction supply chains, with a view of developing good practice for HRM in construction SCM. To achieve this, a two-phase research methodology comprising a scoping phase and case study phase will be ensued.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2006
EventSustainability and Value through Construction Procurement conference - Salford, UK
Duration: 29 Nov 2006 → …


ConferenceSustainability and Value through Construction Procurement conference
Period29/11/06 → …


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