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BUSINESS STRATEGY OF LARGE CONTRACTORS IN ADOPTING INDUSTRIALISED BUILDING SYSTEM (IBS): THE MALAYSIAN CASE

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Author(s): KAMARUL ANUAR MOHAMAD KAMAR | ZUHAIRI ABD HAMID | MOHD. KHAIROLDEN GHANI | AHMAD HAZIM ABDUL RAHIM | MARIA ZURA MOHD. ZAIN | FRANKY AMBON

Journal: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology
ISSN 1823-4690

Volume: 7;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 775;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Business | Contractors | Malaysia | Strategy | Industrialised building system (IBS)

ABSTRACT
Industrialised Building System (IBS) is the term coined by the government and industry in Malaysia to represent the construction industry and the application of prefabrication method in building construction. The purpose of this exploratory research paper is to highlight business strategy being pursued by large Malaysian contractors in adopting IBS. The paper uses case study as research method. The analysis is based primarily on cross-case analysis and pattern matching technique. The paper observes contractors which involved in IBS are part of larger holding companies in a corporate set-up include design and manufacturing subsidiaries. The companies positioned themselves as one-stop total solution provider for IBS and offer a wider range of services from design, production, and installation to clients. To become competitive and able to create total solution, contractors need to establish cluster and consortium of integrated project team by creating a partnership when and where it is needed. A vendor development programme modelled along the lines of the development of automotive industry should also be established. Future empirical studies should extensively examine these areas, especially the development of business model for contractors. The availability of this model could help to accelerate the uptake of IBS among contractors.
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