Supply chain cost model for prefabricated building material based on time-driven activity-based costing

Yong Woo Kim, Seung Heon Han, June Seong Yi, Soo Won Chang

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The effect of ‘supply chain management’ can be leveraged when benefits of collaboration within and beyond the capacities of individual organizations are witnessed. One of the primary tasks in reducing total supply chain costs is to understand where the costs occur in a supply chain and how each activity impacts the total supply chain costs. Most supply chains in construction usually involve multiple entities, each one in a different process. A rebar supply chain is one example where many entities are involved in different processes. The supply chain coordinator needs a supply chain cost model, which shows how each activity impacts all supply chain costs to reduce the total costs. The research suggests a supply chain cost model using time-driven activity-based costing. The proposed cost model was applied to a building construction project, followed by sensitivity analysis identifying critical activities. This method can be adapted to analyze other fragmented material supply chains in the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Civil Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2013R1A1A2A10008723) and P.D. Koon Endowed Professorship Fund. The researchers would also like to thank Sellen Construction for helping collect data for this study

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, National Research Council of Canada. All rights reserved.


  • Supply chain cost model
  • Supply chain management
  • Time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC)


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