Diffusion of Lean Construction in Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises of Housing Sector

Mani Poshdar, Vicente A. González, Ricardo Antunes, Nariman Ghodrati, Milad Katebi, Stanislau Valasiuk, Hamzah Alqudah, Saeed Talebi

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Abstract

The construction sector is known for its deficient productivity level compared to other sectors such as manufacturing. Lean approach, however, presents a promising option given its proven ability to improve the performance in other sectors. This study investigates the diffusion level of lean construction among the small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) by conducting a telephone survey in the Auckland region of New Zealand. The survey involved 100 enterprises active in the housing sector. The results indicated the rate of diffusion at three stages of a simplified innovation diffusion model including the knowledge exposure, decision analysis and implementation. The results are attributed to three main elements including the characteristics of SMEs as social units, the time required to attract adopters, and the level and type of communication must be used to reach the potential adopters. The study identified five main questions on the enablers and barriers of diffusion of lean construction to be addressed in future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
EditorsC. Pasquire, F. R. Hamzeh
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Pages383-392
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781510899278
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2019
Event27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20195 Jul 2019
Conference number: 27
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Publication series

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

Conference

Conference27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC2019
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period3/07/195/07/19
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    Poshdar, M., A. González, V., Antunes, R., Ghodrati, N., Katebi, M., Valasiuk, S., ... Talebi, S. (2019). Diffusion of Lean Construction in Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises of Housing Sector. In C. Pasquire, & F. R. Hamzeh (Eds.), Proceedings of 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) (pp. 383-392). (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction). The International Group for Lean Construction. https://doi.org/10.24928/2019/0257