Supplier selection and supply chain configuration in the projects environment

Yasmine Sabri*, Guido J.L. Micheli, Enrico Cagno

*Corresponding author for this work

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Suppliers in the Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) projects environment are often qualified based on their annual turnover, and as a result a relatively large number of small suppliers get excluded at a preliminary stage from the approved vendors’ list of EPC contractors. To facilitate an inclusive evaluation of a wide range of capabilities of the suppliers, this research examines the application of a broader perspective for supplier selection in the projects environment. Supply chain configuration is put forward as a capability, the development of which contributes to the improvement of the supply network, and so should be reflected in the supplier selection criteria in projects’ environment.
This research offers guidelines for EPC contractors which wish to adopt an all-encompassing approach in supplier selection, and guides suppliers and supply chain researchers to consider the supply chain (re-)configuration as a proactive plan for the survival of suppliers which operate in global high-uncertainty environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number0
Early online date11 Dec 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2020

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Production Planning & Control . Yasmine Sabri, Guido J. L. Micheli & Enrico Cagno (2020) Supplier selection and supply chain configuration in the projects environment, Production Planning & Control, DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2020.1853269. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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