Developing Production Theory: What Issues Need to be Taken into Consideration?

John Rooke, Lauri Koskela, Greg Howell, Mike Kagioglou

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The aim of this paper is to establish key issues that a theory of production should address, to conceptualize these issues and to sketch an account of their interaction. Aristotle's analyses of knowledge and causality are used, in conjunction with Wittgenstein's concept of language games, to integrate the insights of transformationflow- value (TFV) theory and the language action perspective (LAP) within a framework derived from Liker (2004). Building on Liker, we identify four language games that are necessary for production: 1. drawing on scientific knowledge to determine the best physical arrangements for the achievement of a pre-given value; 2. two value discourses which determine (a) the target value for (1) and (b) the human relations which will enable the achievement of (1) - Liker's 'long term philosophy' and 'developing people and organization', plus the Language Action Perspective; 3. a discourse of learning and knowledge with the aim of continual improvement. Four of the key concepts used in these games are identified (flow; work, knowledge and commitment) and related to the functions of management. Finally, an overall theoretical framework is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC20)
EditorsIris D. Tommelein, Christine L. Pasquire
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780744217445
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 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

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
ISSN (Print)2309-0979
ISSN (Electronic)2789-0015


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

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