An Examination of the Barriers to Last Planner Implementation

Denise Brady1, Patricia Tzortopoulos2 & John Rooke3

1PhD Student, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford; UK. brady_denise@web.de
2Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford; UK. Phone +44 161 295 4284; p.tzortzopoulos@salford.ac.uk
3Research Fellow, HaCIRIC, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Greater Manchester. Phone +44 161 295 6344; j.a.rooke@eml.cc

Abstract

This paper presents results that contribute to an ongoing PhD work, looking at the implementation of Lean Production in manufacturing and what findings can be derived for the implementation of Lean in construction. This paper focuses on Last Planner as one approach to implementing Lean in construction. The aim of the paper is to identify implementation barriers and to determine whether or not factors contributing to the success of Lean projects in manufacturing were present in last planner implementation projects. The paper concludes with suggestions for further research aiming at reducing the barriers experienced when implementing Last Planner and highlighting important points to be considered when using any lean method on construction sites in the future. These findings will be developed further as part of the PhD work

Keywords

Lean manufacturing, lean construction, critical success factors, last planner

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Brady, D. , Tzortopoulos, P. & Rooke, J. 2011, 'An Examination of the Barriers to Last Planner Implementation' 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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