Lean Construction Philosophy Difussion the Colombian Case

Holmes Páez1, Hernando Vargas2 & Laura Ramírez3

1Doctoral Candidate, School of Management, Universidad de los Andes, Calle 21 No. 1-20 Piso 9 Bogotá, Colombia, Phone (57-1) 3394949, hpaez@uniandes.edu.co
2Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Universidad de los Andes, Carrera 1 Este No. 19A-40, Phone (57-1) 3324312, Edificio Mario Laserna, Piso 6, Bogotá, Colombia, hvargas@uniandes.edu.co.
3Postgraduate Student, Civil Engineering Department, Universidad de los Andes, Carrera 1 Este No. 19A-40, Phone (57-1) 3324312, Edificio Mario Laserna, Piso 6, Bogotá, Colombia, l.ramirez69@uniandes.edu.co

Abstract

Institutional analysis of organizations have developed a rich framework and empirical insights about how new practices become established via diffusion. Nevertheless, lean construction literature has paid scant attention to organizational practices dissemination and it is important to improve the understanding of how lean construction philosophy diffusion effectively occurs. Drawing on institutional and lean construction literature and interviews with leading construction companies’ directors, this study seeks to understand the case of lean construction dissemination over the Colombian construction housing sector. As a result, the study provides an analysis of the relevance and effectiveness of lean construction diffusion strategies, thus helping construction sector leaders to review and improve current approaches.

Keywords

Lean construction, practices, institutions, diffusion, and developing country.

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Páez, H. , Vargas, H. & Ramírez, L. 2013, 'Lean Construction Philosophy Difussion the Colombian Case' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 21th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Fortaleza, Brazil, 31-2 Aug 2013. pp 1007-1015

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