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Lauri Koskela joined the University of Huddersfield in October 2014 when he was nominated Professor of Construction and Project Management. Previously he worked at the University of Salford as Professor of Lean, Theory Based Project and Production Management. Prior that he was involved in applied research at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Since 1991, Lauri has been involved in research on lean construction. His research has focused especially on the theories of production management as well as project management, underlying lean construction. Since 2005, he has researched theory of design. He has promoted the view that design theorizing started already in Antiquity, with the method of analysis (from geometry) and rhetoric as the first models of design by analogy. It is contended by him that these two models still provide a superior understanding on design.

Lauri is a founding and continuously active member of the International Group for Lean Construction.

With more than 12,000 citations according to Google Scholar, Lauri is one of the most cited scholars in construction management and allied fields.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Lean construction
  • Target value design
  • Visual management
  • Construction product management
  • Design management
  • Theory of design
  • Theory of production
  • Relevance of managerial research

Research Degree Supervision

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 1994 2019

Epistemological Explanation of Lean Construction

Koskela, L., Ferrantelli, A., Niiranen, J., Pikas, E. & Dave, B., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE. 145, 2, p. 1-10 10 p., 04018131.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Lean production
Lean construction

Model based abduction in design

Koskela, L. & Kroll, E., 11 Feb 2019, Design Computing and Cognition DCC’18. Gero, J. S. (ed.). Springer Verlag, p. 247-264 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Patents and inventions

A new framework for construction project definition stage

Pikas, E., Oehmen, J., Koskela, L. & Thuesen, C., 2018, Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference. Storga, M., Pavkovic, N., Bojcetic, N., Skec, S. & Marjanovic, D. (eds.). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Vol. 3. p. 1301-1312 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Decision making
Decision Making

Continuous Improvement Cells in the Highways Sector

Tezel, A., Koskela, L., Tzortzopoulos, P., Talebi, S. & Miron, L. I. G., 11 Jul 2018, 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Evolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers. Gonzalez, V. A. (ed.). Chennai, India, p. 691-707 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Supply chains
1 Citations
Supply chains
Future directions
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Lean construction

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Oral presentation

Exploring the Recurrent Problems in the Last Planner Implementation on Construction Projects

Lauri Koskela (Speaker)
7 Feb 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation