Using Design Science Research and Action Research to Bridge the Gap Between Theory and Practice in Lean Construction Research

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Abstract

The descriptive approaches, like case study, interview, survey, observation and document analysis, widely used by the lean construction community to investigate managerial problems in the construction industry, typically provide explanations of problems and not solutions to them, leaving a gap between theory and practice. Two prescriptive approaches—design science research and action research—are therefore recommended. Design science research and action research offer alternative approaches for studying, understanding and solving practical problems and testing innovative solutions in design and construction management, for bridging the gap between theory and practice and for making academic research more relevant to practice.They can be used to develop and/or test solutions to managerial problems in the construction industry and generate new knowledge and/or theory.The purpose of this paper is to describe design science research and action research and discuss three cases of lean construction research in which these approaches were used effectively.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Subtitle of host publicationEvolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers
EditorsVicente A. Gonzalez
Place of PublicationChennai, India
Pages209-219
Number of pages11
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789380689296
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018
Event26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Evolving Lean Construction - Towards Mature Production Across Cultures and Frontiers - Chennai, India
Duration: 16 Jul 201822 Jul 2018
Conference number: 26
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http://iglc2018.com/downloads/IGLC2018-Proceedings-Vol1_Vol2.pdf

Conference

Conference26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC 2018
CountryIndia
CityChennai
Period16/07/1822/07/18
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    Khan, S., & Tzortzopoulos, P. (2018). Using Design Science Research and Action Research to Bridge the Gap Between Theory and Practice in Lean Construction Research. In V. A. Gonzalez (Ed.), 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Evolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers (Vol. 1, pp. 209-219). https://doi.org/10.24928/2018/0409