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Lean construction as an operations strategy
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of IGLC 23: 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Global Knowledge - Global Solutions, Perth, Australia, 28 - 31 July 2015 / [ed] P. Arroyo; O. Seppanen; V.A. Gonzalez, International group for lean construction , 2015, 486-495 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

All companies have an operations strategy; a pattern of decisions made in operations with the purpose to support the business strategy. Lean Construction can be seen as an operations strategy. The aim of this research is to present the generic decision categories in an operations strategy and discuss their characteristics in contrast to the Lean Construction framework. A literature study identified ten decision categories: process technology, capacity, facilities, vertical integration, human resources, organization, quality, production control, product development, and performance measurement. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with managers on the tactical level at three construction companies with a Lean implementation. The results indicate that Lean construction companies emphasize quality, production planning, and vertical integration in their operations strategy. Facilities, process technology, capacity, and organization receive less attention. Quality, production planning, and vertical integration are keywords also in Lean Construction, while it is intriguing that organization receives little attention. Facilities, process technology, and capacity are ever changing between construction projects and are candidates for decision categories that could be less relevant for formulating an operations strategy in construction.

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International group for lean construction , 2015. 486-495 p.
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Building Technologies Construction Management
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Timber Structures; Construction Engineering and Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-37676Local ID: bc521407-26f8-495d-9444-e7be18d18f79ISBN: 9780987455796 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-37676DiVA: diva2:1011174
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Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction : Global Knowledge - Global Solutions 28/07/2015 - 31/07/2015
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Godkänd; 2015; 20151113 (andbra)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved

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