Approaches to introducing lean construction principles and concepts have been, in the main, inconsistent with the learning theories and their learning modes. Additionally, these approaches have been found to be lacking in terms of being practice-specific whilst not addressing the potential to be systemically implemented. This paper describes an attempt to address these issues. A pilot Lean Construction Management Learning Programme (LCMLP) is currently being developed with a collaborative industry partner as a mechanism for implementing Lean Construction principles and concepts in a systemic manner within the management community of a construction project whilst addressing the key issue of conceptual change that focuses on the necessary learning modes. The approach is a collaborative longitudinal management research and development (R&D) project, viewed as a form of Management Learning Practice. This programme is aligned with the andragogy model of education focused on self-directed learning in a situated context. The Programme is structured according to the key fields of Design Management, Production Management and Supply Chain Management focused on minimizing waste and maximizing value.
lean construction, management learning, action learning, social learning, construction management
Gomez, C.P. & Bahtiar, S.F.I. 2008, 'Mechanism for Introducing Lean Construction Project Management Principles and Concepts Through Self-Directed Learning' In:, Tzortzopoulos, P. & Kagioglou, M., 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Manchester, UK, 16-18 Jul 2008. pp 269-279