Supply chain management:
Cooperation (the management of contracts) and coordination (the management of
relationships) have been identified as two problems of project organizing (Soderlund,
2012). Critically discuss these problems and how the principles of supply chain
management might be applied to help alleviate them.
Support your case with reference to published material. Include case studies if you
different between project management and supply chain management
The principle of supply chain management in construction industry
This is simple question but lots of theoretical
Try to be critical in your thinking and analysis, not just descriptive of what
Question and answer:
Q – after reading the paper written by Soderlund (2011), I have a question listed
below, hoping you can help me to fix them out:
After reading the paper, I suppose that both coordination and cooperation must are
two aspects that we need to consider in A project. However, according to Soderlund
(2011) and Edkins (2009), it seems that a project can only choose one of these two
concepts or routines to look at, am I get something wrong?
For example, Soderlund (2011) make a comparison between project as cooperation
and project as coordination, and he said " projects exist for two specific and often
separate reasons: either to sort out a problem of cooperation, or to sort out a problem
of coordination. " But in accordance with what he said previously, I think it should be
"projects exist for one reason for two specific and often separate concept: to sort out
problems in both cooperation and coordination" How should I understand this
sentence? And What do you think?
A- Well done for your question! You have hit on a really important point.
How I understand it is that they are dealt with separately as concepts from two
different theoretical areas. However, I believe that while Soderlund says that to
develop PM theory they need to be looked at separately, he goes on to say that in real
life they are intertwined…. hence I take this to mean that we need 'both' to manage
projects and more specifically for this assignment, construction supply chains.
Can we (clients) simply transfer tasks and their associated risks through a contract and
simply stand back and administer the contract, or do we (clients and contractors) need
to develop relationships together [alongside contracts] in order to be able to work
together to manage the high degrees of interdependency and uncertainties in
construction projects – specifically thinking about supply chain management [both
theoretically and practically]?
This is the argument I am looking for you all to explore by reviewing the literature,
including case studies etc., and to critically think about and discuss this…………….
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