There is no doubt that all engaged researchers and stakeholders in the field of lean construction agree that transparency is the key factor for the implementation of lean approaches and for the delivery of successful projects. This transparency is required not only at project level but also at an organizational level. This paper bases its two research questions on the term “transparency” that could serve the research approach of lean construction in terms of continual improvement and long-term value added achievement. The first research question is: Can corruption in the construction industry be regarded and treated as an additional type of waste which should also be eliminated and prevented? The paper introduces a new framework for corruption in construction; from its narrow definition i.e. bribery and facilitation payments, to the wide definition that includes fraud, collusion, abuse of power, mistrust and concealment of relevant information. Lean construction requires integrity and corruption poses a “lack of integrity”. Furthermore, the relationship between the integrity management system and the last planner system formulates the second research question. It is assumed that there is a mutually beneficial relationship between those two systems which we are currently being investigated within the scope of an ongoing research project.
Corruption, integrity management system, lean management, last planner system
Stifi, A. , Gehbauer, F. & Gentes, S. 2014, 'The Picture of Integrity From Lean Management’s Point of View and the Relationship Between Integrity Management System and Last Planner System ' 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 907-918