Assessing Lean Construction Maturity

Claus Nesensohn1, David Bryde2, Edward Ochieng3, Damian Fearon4 & Vince Hackett5

1Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute, School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK, Peter Jost Enterprise Centre, Byrom Street,
2Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
3Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
4Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
5PhD Researcher School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, and Centre for Lean Projects, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4BU, United Kingdom,


changes and is a challenging endeavour. In particular when transformations take place it becomes crucial to measure the current state of the maturation process. Hence there is a requirement for organisations to be able to demonstrate where they are in their LC journey. It has been widely acknowledged that maturity models (MM) provide organisations with such an assessment of the current state. Further benefits of MMs are the guidance and support when implementing a change or improvement strategy. The research presented aims to integrate both LC and MM to enable organisations to measure their current maturity in LC. A qualitative mixed method design was used including focus groups and interviews to explore the phenomenon of LC maturity from key informants. The major findings of the research are: MM can be integrated with LC, and a proposed validated framework can assess the current state of LC maturity within an organisation. The proposed LC maturity assessment framework labelled (LCMM) comprises five maturity levels, 11 Key Attributes, and 60 defined Behaviours, Goals & Practices with 75 Ideal Statements to measure the maturity within organisations embedding LC. This framework provides important support and guidance in the organisational LC maturation process.


Lean Construction Maturity, Maturity Models, Organisational Assessment, Maturation, Embedding Lean



Nesensohn, C. , Bryde, D. , Ochieng, E. , Fearon, D. & Hackett, V. 2014, 'Assessing Lean Construction Maturity' In:, Kalsaas, B.T., Koskela, L. & Saurin, T.A., 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Oslo, Norway, 25-27 Jun 2014. pp 1157-1168

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