Towards an operational definition of lean construction onsite

Michelle Sjögren Leong, Steve Ward, Lauri Koskela

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Abstract

Through literature review and drawing from a combined professional experience of over 20 years of lean construction implementation, this paper investigates the key success factor for the automotive industrys uptake of lean production to see what the construction industry can derive from it. The paper concludes that there exist a variety of definitions of lean, but no existing definition is yet satisfactory to describe lean construction in a rigorously testable method. This is a major obstacle to the successful deployment of lean construction especially when the industry does not have a standard benchmark of "what a lean site looks like". It recommends a small-scale replication of the International Motor Vehicle Programme (IMVP) led International Automotive Plant Study (IAPS) in construction. This will be in aid of developing an operational definition of lean construction, in line with Demings understanding, in the form of a lean site assessment tool contributing to a Lean Index. A statistical study is also suggested to establish correlation between the degrees of lean application (Lean Index) and project performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IGLC 23 - 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Global Knowledge - Global Solutions
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Pages507-516
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780987455796
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Perth, Australia
Duration: 28 Jul 201531 Jul 2015
Conference number: 23

Conference

Conference23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC 23
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period28/07/1531/07/15

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    Leong, M. S., Ward, S., & Koskela, L. (2015). Towards an operational definition of lean construction onsite. In Proceedings of IGLC 23 - 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Global Knowledge - Global Solutions (pp. 507-516). The International Group for Lean Construction.