Lean Production System to Enhance Performance in Operations: An Empirical Study of Malaysian Construction Industry

Ghaffar Imtiaz1 & Abdul Razak Ibrahim2

1Senior Management Consultant/ Project Manager SMEC Malaysia and PhD Student, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University Malaya, Malaysia, Phone: 603-79542799, agipak@yahoo.com
2Associate Professor and Director Graduate School of Business, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University Malaya, Level 4, Block C, City Campus, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phone: 603-26173008, razak@um.edu.my

Abstract

The construction industry consumes large amount of natural resources. These resources, if not properly utilized, will lead to a generation of waste. These wastes do not add value and affect the construction industry’s performance globally. The aim of this research is to improve operational performance of Malaysian construction industry by the application of Lean Production System (LPS) that has a significant impetus in reduction of waste. The assessment of construction practices against Lean Production System principles was carried out through structured questionnaires to the G7 construction organizations, that is, organizations which have no limit to tender for construction jobs. These organizations are registered with the Construction Industries Development Board (CIDB), Ministry of Works Malaysia. The data revealed that the G7 construction organizations have integrated some form of LPS principles in day-to-day operations at the macro level; however knowledge of LPS is not fully conceptualized. The application of LPS principles has improved operational performance because findings revealed that there is a correlation between Lean Production System (LPS) and operational performance (OP).

Keywords

Malaysian construction industry, lean production system (LPS), operational performance, lean construction (LC).

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Imtiaz, G. & Ibrahim, A.R. 2007, 'Lean Production System to Enhance Performance in Operations: An Empirical Study of Malaysian Construction Industry' In:, Pasquire, C.L, C.L. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 15th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. East Lansing, Michigan, USA, 18-20 Jul 2007. pp 147-156

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