Identifying Lean Construction Categories of Practices in the IGLC Proceedings

Bernardo M.B.S. Etges1, Tacisio A. Saurin2 & Iamara R. Bulhões3

1M.Sc. Student,
2Associate Professor,
3Research Fellow, Postgrad. Progr. in Production Engrg., Fed. Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil,


The International Group of Lean Construction (IGLC) Annual Conferences have become an important source of both theoretical developments and reports of practical applications concerned with the adaptation of lean production ideas into construction. This paper presents an analysis of the lean practices that have been discussed in IGLC conference papers. It used as a starting point an analysis and classification of 3,139 keywords from 685 papers published between 1993 and 2010. A set of practices were identified and classified in categories. More than 50% of the papers were focused on four categories: production planning and control (18.4%), product development (16.4%), logistics and supply chain management (9.7%), and human resources (9.1%). Moreover, the study pointed out that some important lean construction practices have not been emphasized in the papers, such as those related to quality control, standardization and pull production.


Lean Construction practices, bibliometry, IGLC



Etges, B.M. , Saurin, T.A. & Bulhões, I.R. 2012, 'Identifying Lean Construction Categories of Practices in the IGLC Proceedings' In:, Tommelein, I.D. & Pasquire, C.L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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