Design science research in lean construction: Process and outcomes

Cecilia G. Da Rocha, Carlos T. Formoso, Patricia Tzortzopoulos-Fazenda, Lauri Koskela, Algan Tezel

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Design science (or constructive) research is a mode of producing scientific knowledge. It differs from explanatory research whose goal is to describe, understand and eventually predict phenomena of a particular field. Alternatively, the goal of design science research is to develop scientifically grounded solutions that are able to solve real-world problems. In this way, it establishes an appropriate link between theory and practice, strengthening the relevance of academic research. This paper discusses the design science research approach and illustrates through the analysis of two Ph.D investigations how it can be adopted in lean construction. In this paper, the outcomes and the research process adopted in these investigations are presented. At the end, some conclusions concerning the outcomes achieved and the activities involved in conducting design science in lean construction are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for the 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Subtitle of host publicationIGLC 2012
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - San Diego, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201222 Jul 2012
Conference number: 20


Conference20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

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