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Atkins, J and Wild, A (2000) Automotive facilities procurement and the new construction paradigm. In: Akintoye, A (Ed.), Proceedings 16th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2000, Glasgow, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 189–98.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: procurement; manufacturing; automobile industry; project team; client; supply
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 4 3
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2000-189-198_Atkins_and_Wild.pdf
This article evolves ideas about 'conventional wisdom' on the role of construction clients, reporting research on large, recurrent automotive clients. It is based on MBA projects and a dissertation by Atkins; research by the Business Round Table; a survey of high level managers from construction; ideas about the incorporation of manufacturing supply chain practices into procurement and comparisons of large car companies. Criticism of Latham and Egan is developed into a "New construction Paradigm". The complexity of the large manufacturing client justifies retention of a Construction Engineering Organisation to manage the instabilities and uncertainties of projects and processes . The distinction between consulting to the uncertainty in the client and managing the uncertainty in the project is accepted but large clients need to internalise these processes.