An Appraisal of Lean Construction Project Delivery Application of Lean Construction

13 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2018

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Ximing Ruan

University of the West of England

Professor Edward Ochieng

The British University in Dubai

Tarila Zuofa

University of Southampton

Miying Yang

University of Cambridge - Centre for Industrial Sustainability

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Date Written: January 19, 2018

Abstract

One major theoretical issue that has dominated the construction field for many years, concerns the general misconception that lean can only be successfully applied to manufacturing. Its introduction into design and construction industry has been slow due to a conflation of reasons including organisations disinclination to make the necessary capital investments. Recent research has shown that many aspects of the construction industry have improved with the development of lean construction. It has been suggested, however, that unpredictability in construction processes creates complications when implementing this philosophy to the industry. The aim of this paper was therefore to investigate the application of lean construction to construction project delivery. A framework for managing construction project delivery is proposed. To obtain the empirical research, a two-phase sequential mixed methods study was undertaken. The investigation concluded that heavy construction-engineering organisations are likely to successfully apply lean construction to construction project delivery, and achieve a new level of project performance if the appropriate considerations are given by the construction industry.

Keywords: Lean, Project delivery, Project complexity, Construction

Suggested Citation

Ruan, Ximing and Ochieng, Professor Edward and Zuofa, Tarila and Yang, Miying, An Appraisal of Lean Construction Project Delivery Application of Lean Construction (January 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3105427 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3105427

Ximing Ruan

University of the West of England ( email )

Frenchay Campus
Bristol, BS16 1QY
United Kingdom

Professor Edward Ochieng (Contact Author)

The British University in Dubai ( email )

Faculty of Business and Law
Dubai International Academic City
Dubai, POB:345015
United Arab Emirates

Tarila Zuofa

University of Southampton ( email )

Southampton, SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Miying Yang

University of Cambridge - Centre for Industrial Sustainability ( email )

17 Charles Babbage Rd
Cambridge, CB3 0FS
United Kingdom

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