Principles as a Bridge between Theory and Practice

John Skaar, Trond Bølviken, Lauri Koskela, Bo Terje Kalsaas

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Principles can carry the intent from the theory they represent. Military strategy has a long history of being presented through principles of war. In Lean Construction, principles like “flow,” “pull,” “remove waste” are used with ease. However, have they been correctly treated and understood? Supported by a literature review, we follow the use of principles through the history and the standing and character they have gained. The work is grounded in the important position of principles between theory and practice, and methodologically proceeds through philosophical conceptualisation. We recognise the guiding, dynamic, adjustable, durable, action-oriented, prescriptive and descriptive capabilities of principles, and emphasise their important capacity to facilitate abductive reasoning. We call for reflection upon the power of principles to strengthen the theoretical conceptualisation of Lean as well as upon their power to support improvement in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication28th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Subtitle of host publicationIGLC28
EditorsI.D. Tommelein, E. Daniel
Place of PublicationBerkeley, USA
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
Event28th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Online, Berkeley, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020
Conference number: 28


Conference28th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC28
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Principles as a Bridge Between Theory and Practice

    John Skaar (Speaker), Trond Bølviken (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Lauri Koskela (Contributor to Paper or Presentation) & Bo Terje Kalsaas (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    6 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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