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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

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 1990 2020

Lean Construction and BIM in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Construction: A Systematic Literature Review

Tezel, A., Taggart, M., Koskela, L., Tzortzopoulos, P., Hanahoe, J. & Kelly, M., 1 Feb 2020, In : Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. 47, 2, p. 186-201 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
small and medium-sized enterprise
literature review
building construction
Open Access
conceptual framework
civil engineering

A Vision for the Future of the Computer-Aided Tolerance Management in Construction Based on the Lessons Learned from Manufacturing

Talebi, S., Tzortzopoulos, P., Koskela, L., Poshdar, M., Tommelein, I. D., Tezel, A. & Antunes, R., 21 Jun 2019, Proceedings of the CIB World Building Conference 2019: Constructing Smart Cities. Hong Kong: International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction , p. 926-935 10 p.

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

Computer systems
Patents and inventions
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

Activities 2006 2019

  • 19 Oral presentation
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Nuria Forcada

Saeed Talebi (Host), Lauri Koskela (Host)
26 Mar 201927 Mar 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Transition from Engineer-to-Order (EtO) to Assembly-to-Order (AtO) in Civil Infrastructure Projects: An Exploration of the Highways Supply Chain

Algan Tezel (Speaker), Jonathan Gosling (Speaker), Maneesh Kumar (Speaker), Lauri Koskela (Speaker)
5 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

A consideration of Boundary Objects as a means of Integrating Design and Construction - A Case Study

Clarissa Biotto (Speaker), Michail Kagioglou (Speaker), Lauri Koskela (Speaker), Patricia Tzortzopoulos (Speaker)
26 Jan 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral 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

BIM implementation and Adoption Process for an Architectural Practice

Y. Arayici (Speaker), P. Coates (Speaker), Lauri Koskela (Speaker), Michail Kagioglou (Speaker), C. Usher (Speaker), K. O'Reilly (Speaker)
18 Apr 2011

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Lauri Koskela’s Lean Construction Views, Advice, and Predictions

Lauri Koskela


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment