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The Bridge Between Supply Chain and Construction


Learn how to implement profitable construction supply chain management and avoid the potential risks.

The construction process has changed in complexity over time; the primary objective of the industry is basically the same as it was 100 years ago: to build infrastructure, roads, schools, homes, hospitals, factories and other businesses. In 2019, approximately $4 trillion was spent in the United States in the construction industry. Construction sourcing risk involves all of the entities in the supply chain: the project owner, architect, general contractor, prime contractor, subcontractors, materials suppliers and equipment providers. The potential for mistakes and problems is magnified by the interrelationships between these entities.



W.C. Benton, Jr.

W.C. Benton, Jr.

The Ohio State University

  • The Edwin D. Dodd professor of management, and professor of operations and supply chain management in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University
  • Teaches courses in purchasing/supply management, manufacturing planning and control, operations analysis, facility design and the business of health care to M.B.A. and doctoral candidates
  • Partner in W.C. Benton and Associates, a construction management consulting firm
  • Published more than 200 articles in the areas of purchasing management, inventory control, supply chain management, quality assurance, materials management and health care
  • Frequent speaker and recognized operations management researcher
  • Worked as a sourcing consultant for companies throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, India, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Vienna, and the United States
  • Served as an expert witness for the private and public sector procurement cases
  • Doctorate in operations and systems management, and quantitative business analysis, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Can be contacted at 614-292-8868,, or [email protected]

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