A Review on the Critical Success Factors, Barriers and Benefits of Continuous Improvement (CI) Initiatives among Construction Industry Supply Chains

Salman Riazi Mehdi Riazi, Radzi Ismail, Mohd Nasrun Mohd Nawi, Muhammad Fazlisha Shaharizan and Md Fauzi Ahmad

The productivity and performance of construction industry dependents highly on technological innovation and optimization of the project management team. It is very important that organizations keep themselves up-to-date with the latest needs and expectation of the industry to ensure that they stay relevant and competitive at all times; in which they can highly benefit from Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives. Continuous Improvement (CI) represents as among the important agendas of Supply Chain Management (SCM) towards ensuring that the construction industry stakeholders can sustain competitive edge and continuously respond to the new needs of the industry. However, the construction industry supply chains have been generally reluctant to accept change and therefore, traditional practices have remained the approach embedded since the last couple of decades. This paper therefore aims to investigate on the critical success factors (CSF) and barriers of CI initiatives among the construction industry supply chains towards shedding some light into some of the matters in the industry. Further to that, the benefits of CI initiatives were also discovered in the hope of motivating future application within the industry. An in-depth review of past literatures was used as means of achieving this paper’s objectives and it was evident that CI definitely benefits the construction industry however, there are some barriers that typically root to the attitude and nature of the industry and its players.

Volume 11 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 752-757