PROCESS TRANSPARENCY ON CONSTRUCTION SITES: EXAMPLES FROM CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IN BRAZIL

Algan Tezel1, Lauri J Koskela2, Patricia Tzortzopoulos-Fazenda3, Carlos T. Formoso4, Thais Alves5, Barros Neto6, Daniela Viana7 & Bruno Mota8

1PhD Student, School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK, b.a.tezel@pgr.salford.ac.uk
2Professor, School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK, l.j.koskela@salford.ac.uk
3Senior Lecturer, School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK, p.tzortzopoulos@salford.ac.uk
4Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, formoso@ufrgs.br
5Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diago State University, USA, talves@mail.sdsu.edu
6Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil, jpbarros@ufc.br
7MSc Student, Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, danidietz@gmail.com
8MSc Student, Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, brunopmota@yahoo.com.br

Abstract

Process transparency is the core concept in Visual Management (VM), which is one of the founding blocks of the Toyota Production System. This paper presents the preliminary results of a collaborative research conducted between Brazil and the UK, as part of a research effort focused on the application of Visual Management in construction. How process transparency is realized on construction sites is the main research question of the paper. The use of this concept and the implementation of the transparency theory were investigated through multiple case studies, carried out in nine different construction companies. The findings are explained through six theoretical transparency increasing approaches. The affecting parameters in the application of, the management’s perception of and several methods in process transparency in construction were identified. Further work, especially exploring the functions of process transparency on construction sites and reflecting the worker perception of the issue, is necessary to elaborate the process transparency concept.

Keywords

Process transparency, Visual Management, lean theory implementation

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Tezel, A. , Koskela, L.J. , Tzortzopoulos-Fazenda, P. , Formoso, C.T. , Alves, T. , Neto, B. , Viana, D. & Mota, B. 2010, 'PROCESS TRANSPARENCY ON CONSTRUCTION SITES: EXAMPLES FROM CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IN BRAZIL ' In:, Walsh, K. & Alves, T., 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Haifa, Israel, 14-16 Jul 2010. pp 296-302

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