Integrated Manufacturing-Services Businesses in the Australian Building and Construction Sector

Manley, Karen & Marceau, Jane (2002) Integrated Manufacturing-Services Businesses in the Australian Building and Construction Sector. Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 2(1), pp. 1-12.


This paper establishes that the emergence of integrated manufacturing-service businesses is a key trademark of innovative industries and ‘the new economy’. Having established the benefits of such integration, the phenomenon is reviewed in relation to the Australian building and construction (B&C) sector. It is hypothesised that manufacturers supplying building and construction work are adding value to their own activity, and that of the sector, by enhancing their product offerings via the provision of services. A small survey is undertaken, with the findings revealing the nature of service provision by manufacturers in the Australian B&C sector. It appears that the ‘bundling’ of products and services by these manufacturers is a key competitive strategy yielding significant benefits for them and the sector as a whole.

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ID Code: 656
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: building and construction sector, innovation, Australia, business strategy, new economic systems
ISSN: 1445-2634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Construction Engineering (090502)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:55

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