Exploring Supply Chain Management Challenges And Strategies In The Private Residential Construction Sector In South Africa- A Qualitative Study

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G Khoza , K K Govender


Supply Chain Management (SCM) is a philosophy that describes how business organizations should manage their supply chain to achieve strategic advantages. Moreover, since the private residential construction industry is a key strategic player in word economies as well as in South Africa (SA), it is important for research to shed light on the SCM function in this sector to explore the current strategies and challenges experienced by the sector.

A qualitative study was conducted using a semi-structured interview, among a purposeful sample of eight (8) executives whose companies are registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) in SA. The objective was to review and critically evaluate the supply chain management challenges currently experienced by private residential construction sector with a view developing recommendations to organizations to more efficiently and effectively manage their supply chain activities.

It is concluded that implementation of long-term relationship with strategic partners, trusting relationship with suppliers, strategic partnership with suppliers and entering into service level agreement with the suppliers can enhance the performance of private residential construction sector in South Africa.

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