https://doi.org/10.24928/2021/0170

Exploring Controlled Experimental Settings for Lean Construction Research

Amila N. Wickramasekara1, Vicente A. Gonzalez2, Michael O’Sullivan3, Cameron G. Walker4 & Mohammed A. Abdelmegid5

1PhD Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-4964-3539
2Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Founder and Research Lead Smart Digital Lab, The University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-3408-3863
3Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Founder and Research Lead Smart Digital Lab, The University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-3408-3863
4Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-3176-9341
5Professional Teaching Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0001-6205-570X

Abstract

In recent years, an increasing number of research articles have been published to demonstrate the benefits of applying Lean tools using different approaches within the construction domain. However, there is a need to enhance the effectiveness of Lean Construction (LC) research by incorporating it within a controlled experimental environment. Due to the fact that many compound effects impact on the variable(s) of interest, it is challenging to develop controlled experiments in real construction projects. This controlled experimental environment can be achieved by developing a Serious Game-based Experimental Setting (SGES) for construction. For this paper, a literature review was conducted to identify synergies between the Agile Project Management (APM), Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and Design Science Research Methodology (DSRM) for establishing effective SGESs for construction management. We found that little research used Serious Games to establish controlled experiments for construction management. In conclusion, we propose 7 research questions to guide the development of SGESs for construction project management research in future.

Keywords

Lean construction, design science, integration, collaboration, experiments

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Wickramasekara, A. N. , Gonzalez, V. A. , O’Sullivan, M. , Walker, C. G. & Abdelmegid, M. A. 2021, 'Exploring Controlled Experimental Settings for Lean Construction Research' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 177-186

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