Case Study on Design Management: Inefficiencies and Possible Remedies

Ergo Pikas1, Lauri Koskela2, Bhargav Dave3 & Roode Liias4

1Doctoral Student, Aalto University, School of Engineering, Otakaari 4, 00076 AALTO, Finland and Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia., +372 56 455 953, ergo.pikas@aalto.fi.
2Aalto University, School of Engineering, Otakaari 4, 00076 AALTO, Finland
3Aalto University, School of Engineering, Otakaari 4, 00076 AALTO, Finland
4Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn.

Abstract

Delivering better products with a reduced lead time and less resources has become the primary focus of design management. The aim of this work is to revisit typical design management inefficiencies and discuss possible remedies for these problems. To this end, a case study and interviews with seven Estonian architects were carried out. The data obtained was analyzed within the framework of the transformation-flow-value theory of production. Despite its failure to deliver customer value, a single-minded transformation view of operations has been the dominant approach taken in design management and processes, leading to inefficiencies in design practices.

Keywords

Design management, design inefficiencies, TFV conceptualization.

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Reference

Pikas, E. , Koskela, L. , Dave, B. & Liias, R. 2015, 'Case Study on Design Management: Inefficiencies and Possible Remedies ' In:, Seppänen, O., González, V.A. & Arroyo, P., 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Perth, Australia, 29-31 Jul 2015. pp 547-557

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