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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 11,000 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

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Research Output 2004 2018

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

Lean thinking in the highways construction sector: motivation, implementation and barriers

Tezel, A., Koskela, L. & Aziz, Z. 2018 In : Production Planning and Control. 29, 3, p. 247-269 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Construction industry
Lean thinking

The Role of Abduction in Production of New Ideas in Design

Koskela, L., Paavola, S. & Kroll, E. 3 Mar 2018 Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. Vermaas, P. & Vial, S. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer, Cham, p. 153-183 31 p. (Design Research Foundations)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abductive Inference

An Application of Control Theory to Visual Management for Organizational Communication in Construction

Murata, K., Tezel, A., Koskela, L. & Tzortzopoulos, P. 12 Jul 2017 Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: LC3 2017 Volume II. p. 185-191 7 p.

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

Open Access
Control theory
Visual communication

Comparing production design activities and location-based planning tools

Biotto, C., Kagioglou, M., Koskela, L. & Tzortzopoulos, P. Jul 2017 LC3 2017: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Walsh, K., Sacks, R. & Brilakis, I. (eds.). The International Group for Lean Construction, Vol. 2, p. 705-712 8 p.

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

Open Access
Systems analysis

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Oral presentation