Lean Construction Professional’S Profile (LCPP): Implementation in Chilean Contractor Organizations

Ignacio Pavez1 & Luis F. Alarcon2

1Research Engineer, MSc, Production Management Center (GEPUC), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Engineering, Department of Construction Engineering and Management, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile, Phone +56 2 3547050, ipavez@ing.puc.cl
2Professor of Civil Engineering, PhD, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Engineering, Department of Construction Engineering and Management, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile, Phone +56 2 3544245, lalarcon@ing.puc.cl

Abstract

Consolidation of lean construction demands the active participation of people able to apply this management system. Therefore, a pioneer research was carried out to define a Lean Construction Professional Profile (LCPP), which identifies three competence areas to develop simultaneously: enterprise vision, technical competence and social competence. This article presents an incipient implementation of the LCPP in Chilean contractor organizations, based on the identification of competences needed by project team’s positions. Also, new developments of the model are discussed in order to provide recommendations for implementing the LCPP inside the companies. Results have allowed to visualize the coherence of the model in terms of what the enterprises expect of their project staff and how -through the identification of specific competences- it is possible to address the three elements of lean management: business purpose (enterprise vision), processes (technical competence) and people (social competence). In the future, it is expected to obtain data which allow organizations managing individual performance according to the LCPP and implement the model in other human resource management processes, with the aim of reaching better lean construction implementations.

Keywords

lean construction, lean management, human resource development, competences

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Pavez, I. & Alarcon, L.F. 2008, 'Lean Construction Professional’S Profile (LCPP): Implementation in Chilean Contractor Organizations' In:, Tzortzopoulos, P. & Kagioglou, M., 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Manchester, UK, 16-18 Jul 2008. pp 231-240

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