Promise-Based Management as an Enabling Factor in Lean Construction - Towards a Clarification

Martin Cleary, Robert Owen, Lauri Koskela

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Abstract

The question of who we are in the world and how that question impacts on all discussion, or perhaps the ontological situation, is the starting point of the issues to be addressed in this paper. The width and the scope of the issues are so vast as to invite mistaken or unsatisfactory outcomes; however, the nature of construction, which might be described as the most concrete of real world situations, demands study in order to better understand what must be done to produce successful projects. From a survey of ideas found in post-enlightenment philosophy, we propose to explore some ideas found in the work of Fernando Flores and others, and to form a foundation from which we can address the question of how the structure of business communication can be clearly applied to that of construction. It is not so much that a specific philosophy or even philosophical approach should be applied to construction, as providing "useful ideas for practice" as suggested by Charles Spinosa These ideas can be gleaned from various sources both ancient and modern: from Aristotle's metaphysics, to Charles Taylor and his championing of Herder's expressivism as an antidote to Cartesian rationalist designative theory. The luxury we have, which shouldn't be underestimated, is the ability to be eclectic and if an idea will function then we can own it for our specific problems and issues, as addressed in Lean Construction. This paper will draw on papers delivered at previous Lean Construction Conferences by Howell, Macomber, Senior and others and merge their contributions to overlay them onto a new philosophical perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IGLC16
Subtitle of host publication16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
EditorsPatricia Tzortzopoulos, Michail Kagioglou
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Pages83-93
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781905732456
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jul 200818 Jul 2008
Conference number: 16
http://iglc.net/Papers/Conference/18 (Link to Conference Website )
https://www.worldcat.org/title/proceedings-of-iglc16-16th-annual-conference-of-the-international-group-for-lean-construction/oclc/334011830

Conference

Conference16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC16
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period16/07/0818/07/08
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    Cleary, M., Owen, R., & Koskela, L. (2008). Promise-Based Management as an Enabling Factor in Lean Construction - Towards a Clarification. In P. Tzortzopoulos, & M. Kagioglou (Eds.), Proceedings of IGLC16: 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (pp. 83-93). The International Group for Lean Construction.