Why hasn't waste reduction conquered construction?

Trond Bølviken, Lauri Koskela

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Waste and waste reduction are some of the main concepts that differentiate lean thinking from other approaches to production planning and control. Since its introduction in the West in the 1980s, the concept of waste reduction has had a major impact in manufacturing. But not so in construction. This paper raises the question of why this is the case. Possible answers are sought not only in the mainstream theories of production and construction management but also in the specific characteristics that distinguish construction from manufacturing. Eight possible answers to the question are identified and discussed. The paper concludes by arguing that many of the identified reasons are in fact being addressed by newly developed Lean Construction concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGLC 2016 - 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
PublisherNational Pingtung University of Science and Technology
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: On the Brink of Lean Revolution - Boston, United States
Duration: 18 Jul 201624 Jul 2016
Conference number: 24
http://iglc2016.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2016-07-16-IGLC-Conference-Program.pdf (Link to Conference Programme)


Conference24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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