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Flow Dimensions at Swedish Construction Contractors
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0305-623x
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction. Lindbäcks bygg.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5907-7788
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1190-5820
2019 (English)In: Lean Construction Journal, ISSN 1555-1369, E-ISSN 1555-1369, Vol. 2019, p. 24-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research Question: How do different flow dimensions and their interrelations appear in Swedish construction settings?

Purpose: To contribute to the ongoing discussion on flow in construction by providing empirical data to a proposed flow model and widening the current understanding within Lean Construction with theory from industrialized construction and operations management.

Research Design: Transcriptions of nine in-depth interviews with managers at different Swedish contractors were utilized to identify different flow dimensions.

Findings: Results show different patterns which describe contractors’ focus on different flow dimensions.

Limitations: The study is performed in Swedish construction companies with limited generalizability to construction in general. Data collection based on interviews might struggle with objectivity and multi-case studies do not coincide with in-depth research in each single case.

Implications: Different flow dimensions are relevant within construction contractors and should be addressed by either management activities or an operations strategy.

Value for practitioners: Increased understanding of flow in construction based on empirical data enables management of different flow dimensions to evolve contractors’ operations strategies towards Lean Construction or industrialized construction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Arlington, US: Lean Construction Institute , 2019. Vol. 2019, p. 24-46
Keywords [en]
Industrialized construction, Lean Construction, operations management, operations strategy
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Construction Management
Research subject
Construction Management and Building Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-76263Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85075594319OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76263DiVA, id: diva2:1358284
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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), 174314
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 1;2019-10-15 (johcin)

Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-12-10Bibliographically approved

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