An Examination of Visual Management on Finnish Construction Sites

Algan Tezel1, Lauri Koskela2, Patricia Tzortzopoulos3, Anssi Koskenvesa4 & Satu Sahlstedt5

1 PhD, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. Email: algantezel@gmail.com 2 Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK. Phone +44 161 2956378; l.j.koskela@salford.ac.uk
2Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK. Phone +44 161 2956378; l.j.koskela@salford.ac.uk
3Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford; UK. Phone +44 161 295 4284; p.tzortzopoulos@salford.ac.uk
4 Researcher, Faculty of the Built Environment, Tampere University of Technology; Finland. Phone +358 40 581 4263; anssi.koskenvesa@mittaviiva.fi
5 Researcher, Mittaviiva Ltd, Lars Sonckin kaari 10, Nova-talo 02600 Espoo, Finland. Phone +358 40 373 8983; satu.sahlstedt@mittaviiva.fi

Abstract

Visual Management (VM), which is one of the founding blocks of the Toyota Production System, is the managerial strategy of integrating information and sensory aids into work settings for increased self-management. This paper presents the preliminary findings of a collaborative research conducted between Finland and the UK, as part of an effort to introduce the dissemination of Visual Management in the Finnish construction industry. How the Visual Management concept is realised on Finnish construction sites is the main research question of the paper. The examination of the current Visual Management conditions on typical Finnish construction sites was conducted through multiple case studies carried out on five different construction sites in the country. The findings were presented by case descriptions. The main finding is that the Visual Management strategy is currently at an initial level and based on individual initiatives, not systematic company approaches. The discussion of the Visual Management conditions in Finland, some recommendations for the implementation of Visual Management in the country, and the future Visual Management research efforts were also presented.

Keywords

Visual Management, visual workplace, lean construction implementation, Finland.

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Tezel, A. , Koskela, L. , Tzortzopoulos, P. , Koskenvesa, A. & Sahlstedt, S. 2011, 'An Examination of Visual Management on Finnish Construction Sites' In:, Rooke, J. & Dave, B., 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Lima, Peru, 13-15 Jul 2011.

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