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Buildings 2018, 8(12), 183; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8120183

Collaboration Enables Innovative Timber Structure Adoption in Construction

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Timber Building Industry Development Adviser at Ministry of Forest, Fauna and Parks, Direction of Timber Products Industry Development, 5700, 4e Avenue Ouest, A 409, Quebec, QC G1H 6R1, Canada
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NSERC Industrial Chair on Ecoresponsible Wood Construction—CIRCERB, Laval University, Gene-H.–Kruger Building, 2425, Rue de la Terrasse, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering and Sciences Faculty, Laval University, Adrien-Pouliot Building, 1065, av. de la Médecine, Bureau 1504, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Interuniversity Research Center on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation—CIRRELT, Department of management, Administration Sciences Faculty, Laval University, Palasis-Prince Building, 2325, Rue de la Terrasse, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Received: 9 October 2018 / Revised: 4 December 2018 / Accepted: 12 December 2018 / Published: 19 December 2018
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Timber structures in construction have become more popular in recent years. Nevertheless, besides the complexity of designing, contracting and building these structures, a barrier to their market growth is the complexity of their supply chain relationships encompassing architects, engineers, builders and suppliers. The objective of this study is therefore to identify and characterize the supply chain relationships shared by these stakeholders within a massive timber construction project. Twenty-seven semi-structured interviews with architects, structural engineers, builders and timber element suppliers from nine countries, participant observations and secondary data were used to study the various relationship levels involved in timber construction projects. Triangulation and qualitative data analysis were also conducted. Three levels of relationships were then identified: “Contractual,” “Massive timber construction project” and “Massive timber construction industry development.” Results showed that timber structures involve value-added stakeholder relationships rather than linear relationships. These relationships appeared closer and more frequent and involved knowledge and information sharing. Furthermore, prefabricated systems allow for smoother relationships by limiting the number of stakeholders while promoting innovative thinking. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaboration; construction; supply chain; innovation; interviews collaboration; construction; supply chain; innovation; interviews
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Gosselin, A.; Blanchet, P.; Lehoux, N.; Cimon, Y. Collaboration Enables Innovative Timber Structure Adoption in Construction. Buildings 2018, 8, 183.

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