Research groups and related initiatives

Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL) at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
The Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL) at UC Berkeley is a research institute dedicated to developing and deploying knowledge and tools for project management.

Innovative Design Lab the University of Huddersfield, UK
The lab conducts theory based and applied research generally into product design, and especially in the built environment, pushing the impact of design thinking and practice to new areas. It cuts across the areas of architectural design, construction management, interior design, new product development, engineering, social sciences and healthcare.

Centre for Lean Projects Nottingham Trent University, UK
The research area of lean thinking in construction is investigated by the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. The set of projects is carried out by members of the research group, who are looking on different aspects of Lean theory as applied to the construction industry.

NORIE, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Professional organizations and non-academic initiatives

Lean Construction Institute
Lean Construction Institute (LCI) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1997. The Institute operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices

Constructing Excellence
Constructing Excellence is the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction in the UK

The Lean Construction Blog
The Lean Construction Blog is a nonprofit, educational blog with a mission to advance and promote Lean Construction around the world.


Lean Construction Journal
Published by the Lean Construction Institute since 2003, the Lean Construction Journal (LCJ) is an international refereed journal devoted to Lean Construction practice and research.

Resources for learning and teaching Lean Construction

The Lean Construction Lighthouse™
A page provided as a resource for learning about Lean Construction (Maintained by Tariq Sami Abdelhamid, School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University.

Games and simulations

Technion LEAPCON™ Management Simulation Game
The Technion LEAPCON™ (Technion Lean Apartment Construction) game simulates construction of an eight story building with four apartments on each floor. It was initially developed to test the impact of a Lean management model that was proposed in response to the significant waste identified in the conventional approach to scheduling and managing construction of high-rise residential buildings. It was found to be an excellent tool for introducing project managers, site engineers, supervisors, senior management, and students at all levels to some of the basic concepts of lean construction: single-piece vs. batch flow, pull vs. push scheduling and control, and multi-skilling vs. task specialization.