Strategic Issues in Lean Construction

Joao C. Almeida1 & Guillermo F. Salazar2

1Ph.D. candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609, FAX 508/831-5808, joao@wpi.edu
2Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609, 508/831-5262 FAX 508/831-5808, salazar@wpi.edu

Abstract

This paper reviews the basic components of lean construction, with references to the development of lean production systems by manufacturing organizations and the advances of lean construction research. The paper also presents the key concepts on strategic management and industry structure analysis. It discusses the implications on the implementation of lean construction with regard to a firm’s strategic planning as well as to the conditions for the industry to lesser the barriers for lean construction implementation. Finally, the paper describes the objectives and anticipated contributions of current research conducted at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute involving strategic issues in lean construction.

Keywords

Lean construction, strategic management, competitive strategy

Files

Reference

Almeida, J.C. & Salazar, G.F. 2003, 'Strategic Issues in Lean Construction' In:, 11th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Virginia, USA, 1-.

Download: BibTeX | RIS Format