https://doi.org/10.24928/2019/0274

Lean Construction Practice: Culture, Standardization and Informatization — A Case From China

Lixuan Jiang1, Hua Zhong2, Jianghong Chen3, Zhenmin Su4, Jinhua Zhang5 & Xiao Wang6

1Associate Professor, Cailiang Lean Construction Research Center, Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, School of Economics and Management, Nanjing Tech University, China, +8625-58139570, jianglx@njtech.edu.cn
2Senior Lecturer, Center for Lean projects, Building Services School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment Nottingham Trent University, UK, 01158482557, hua.zhong@ntu.ac.uk
3Associate Professor, Cailiang Lean Construction Research Center, Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, School of Economics and Management, Nanjing Tech University, China, +8625-58139570, njchenjianghong@163.com
4Professor, Director of Cailiang Lean Construction Research Center, Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, School of Economics and Management, Nanjing Tech University, China, +8625-58139570, suzhenmin@126.com
5General manager, Engineer, Cailiang Lean Construction Research Center, Cailiang construction technology co., Ltd., China, +86519-68202089, zhangjh_1513@163.com
6Professor, Cailiang Lean Construction Research Center, Department of Construction and Management, School of Civil Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, China, +8625-58139488, wangxiao@njtech.edu.cn

Abstract

Many construction enterprises in the world are practicing lean construction and benefiting from it. China, with a big construction industry, has promoted lean concepts in recent years, but there are still obstacles in practice. The aim of this study therefore is to introduce a Chinese construction company, demonstrating some the most successful lean construction outcomes in China. A case study approach is used with whole process of the project's implementation being tracked. Data are collected from interviews, meetings and statistics. The study shows that three important aspects collaboration lead to the success of lean construction implementation. Relationships among culture, standardization and informatization are explored. The study recommends a lean culture frame of employee value and customer value integration and incentives providing. Standardization is employed as Work structuring tool to provide operability and offer the foundation to informatization. Last Planner®system (LPS) practice is aided by an hour level precision control to improve efficiency. This research presents a case for improving lean construction effectiveness in Chinese context.

Keywords

Lean construction, China practice, culture, standardization, informatization

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Jiang, L. , Zhong, H. , Chen, J. , Su, Z. , Zhang, J. & Wang, X. 2019, 'Lean Construction Practice: Culture, Standardization and Informatization — A Case From China' In:, Proc. 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Dublin, Ireland, 3-5 Jul 2019. pp 949-960

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