Enhancing User-Involvement Through a Multi-Criteria Decision Aid: A Lean Design Research Agenda

Zoya E. Kpamma1, Theophilus Adjei-Kumi2, Joshua Ayarkwa3 & Emmanuel Adinyira4

1PhD Candidate, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, +233244787599, evanskpamma@yahoo.co.uk
2Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, +233244536995, tadjeikumi@yahoo.co.uk
3Associate Professor, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
4Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, +233246753214, rasadii@yahoo.com

Abstract

User-involvement in design process is an important practice of the emergent area of lean design management. Decision-making is a key step in design process and the method by which decisions are made, in the involvement of users in design, is equally important. Even though some work has been carried out in relation to userinvolvement in design process, little attention has been paid to the incorporation of lean decision tools in use-involvement frameworks. The focus of this paper is to set out an agenda for a research into the application of a lean decision tool, such as the Choosing by Advantages (CBA) multi-criteria decision system, to enhance user involvement in design process. Largely based on reference to relevant literature, the issues addressed in this paper include the background of the proposed research, description of some relevant concepts, relevance of the proposed research, and the methodology for the proposed research.

Keywords

Lean design management, user-involvement, design decisions, choosing by advantages

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Kpamma, Z.E. , Adjei-Kumi, T. , Ayarkwa, J. & Adinyira, E. 2014, 'Enhancing User-Involvement Through a Multi-Criteria Decision Aid: A Lean Design Research Agenda' In:, Kalsaas, B.T., Koskela, L. & Saurin, T.A., 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Oslo, Norway, 25-27 Jun 2014. pp 487-496

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