https://doi.org/10.24928/2017/0336

On Epistemology of Construction Engineering and Management.

Lauri Koskela1, Ergo Pikas2, Jarkko Niiranen3, Andrea Ferrantelli4 & Bhargav Dave5

1University of Huddersfield, School of Art, Design and Architecture, l.koskela@hud.ac.uk
2Aalto University, Department of Civil Engineering and Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering
3Aalto University, Department of Civil Engineering
4Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering
5Aalto University, Department of Computing

Abstract

In philosophy of science, there have been two different starting points for epistemology: Platonism and Aristotelianism. These two alternative starting points have played a major role also in the formation of fundamental ideas of engineering and management generally as well as in relation to construction. It is contended that an overly Platonic influence on engineering and management has created a number of problems. For solving these problems, beyond mere patching, a more balanced take on Platonism and Aristotelianism is needed

Keywords

Epistemology, Construction Engineering, Construction Management.

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Reference

Koskela, L. , Pikas, E. , Niiranen, J. , Ferrantelli, A. & Dave, B. 2017, 'On Epistemology of Construction Engineering and Management.' In:, 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Heraklion, Greece, 9-12 Jul 2017. pp 169-176

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