Exploring the Factors That Influence the Implementation of the Last Planner® System on Joint Venture Infrastructure Projects: A Case Study Approach

Emmanuel Itodo Daniel1, Christine Pasquire2 & Graham Dickens3

1PhD Researcher/ Researcher Fellow, Dept. of Const. Mgt. NTU, UK. emmanuel.daniel@ntu.ac.uk
2Prof., Lean Project Management, Dept. of Const. Mgt. NTU, UK. christine.pasquire@ntu.ac.uk
3Senior Lecturer, Const. Mgt. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) UK. graham02dickens@ntu.ac.uk

Abstract

There has been an increase in the use of joint venture (JV) especially in the delivery of infrastructure projects. There is also great pressure from the public sector clients for the use of lean techniques such as the Last Planner System (LPS) in the delivery of infrastructure projects in the UK for more certainty in delivery. Previous studies have explored factors that influence LPS implementation under various contracting structures and project types. However, no much study has explored the factors that influence LPS implementation on highways infrastructure project under JV contracting structure. In view of this, the study explored the factors that influence LPS implementation on JV highways infrastructure projects in the UK. Two in-depth JV case study projects on highways infrastructure construction were conducted over a 12 month period. Data was obtained via: document analysis, physical observation and semi-structured interviews. The study reveals that the early inclusion of the LPS practice in the contract and the long term relationship that existed among the supply chains and the main contractors in the JV were among the factors that supported the process. The study established that the JV platform and the LPS implementation synergise each other on the project. Poor promising was identified among the major blockers to LPS implementation on the projects. To overcome this, the study recommends that the five key elements of reliable promising identified should be adopted when implementing LPS on projects.

Keywords

Last Planner System, collaborative contract, joint venture, highways infrastructure, success factor.

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Daniel, E.I. , Pasquire, C. & Dickens, G. 2016, 'Exploring the Factors That Influence the Implementation of the Last PlannerĀ® System on Joint Venture Infrastructure Projects: A Case Study Approach' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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