Design Science Research in Lean Construction: Process and Outcomes

Cecilia G. da Rocha1, Carlos T. Formoso2, Patricia Tzortzopoulos-Fazenda3, Lauri Koskela4 & Algan Tezel5

1Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Postgraduate Program in Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), 3rd floor, 99 Osvaldo Aranha Av., Centro, 90035-190, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, Phone +55 51 3308 3518, cecilia.rocha@ufrgs.br
2Professor, Postgraduate Program in Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), 3rd floor, 99 Osvaldo Aranha Av., Centro, 90035-190, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, Phone +55 51 3308 3518, formoso@ufrgs.br
3Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Maxwell Building, 4th Floor, The Crescent, M5 4WT, Salford, UK, P.Tzortzopoulos@salford.ac.uk
4Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Maxwell Building, 4th Floor, The Crescent, M5 4WT, Salford, UK, L.J.Koskela@salford.ac.uk
5Alumnus, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Maxwell Building, 4th Floor, The Crescent, M5 4WT, Salford, UK, algantezel@gmail.com

Abstract

Design science (or constructive) research is a mode of producing scientific knowledge. It differs from explanatory research whose goal is to describe, understand and eventually predict phenomena of a particular field. Alternatively, the goal of design science research is to develop scientifically grounded solutions that are able to solve real-world problems. In this way, it establishes an appropriate link between theory and practice, strengthening the relevance of academic research. This paper discusses the design science research approach and illustrates through the analysis of two Ph.D investigations how it can be adopted in lean construction. In this paper, the outcomes and the research process adopted in these investigations are presented. At the end, some conclusions concerning the outcomes achieved and the activities involved in conducting design science in lean construction are discussed.

Keywords

Theory, design science, constructive research.

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Rocha, C.G.D. , Formoso, C.T. , Tzortzopoulos-Fazenda, P. , Koskela, L. & Tezel, A. 2012, 'Design Science Research in Lean Construction: Process and Outcomes' 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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