Project management models understand construction as an ordered and simple phenomenon without considering its complexity, dynamism, and high variability. Also, they are models adapted from other sectors such as manufacturing and information technology (IT). This research aims to be a new trend for developing management models, typical of construction, from complexity. The following points are considered, as a first step, to this new trend of holistic construction management: 1. Generate and manage flows, which are the main components for the production in construction—beginning to understand each flow, its importance, and its properties; and 2. Manage complexity in construction projects by understanding and promoting the production system as a Complex Adaptive System (CAS) that requires organizations of action and learning as an Operational Excellence Organization. The proposed model offers a holistic analysis of the system considering flow management as a basis. It relates the project management approaches proposed by Bertelsen and Koskela (2005), the Value – Flow – Operation (VFO) model proposed by Bertelsen (2017), and the seven preconditions of Koskela (2000), except for external conditions by which these are a threat of flow, but do not flow in the proposed model.
Complexity, flow integration, value, management, complex adaptive system (CAS).
Ramírez-Valenzuela, A. , Gamarra-Díaz, G. G. & Erazo-Rondine, A. A. 2021, 'Proposal Model for the Management of Construction Based on Flows – a Complex Adaptive System' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 859-869