Last Planner and Critical Chain in Construction Management: Comparative Analysis

Lauri Koskela1, Roy Stratton2 & Anssi Koskenvesa3

1The University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT, UK, [email protected]
2Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, NG1 4BU, UK, [email protected]
3Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, [email protected]


This paper endeavours to compare the Last Planner System of production control and the Critical Chain production management method. This comparison is carried out in the context of construction management. The original prescription and the evolution of the practice are examined regarding both approaches, and the similarities and differences are noted. Based on these considerations, gaps in the two approaches are identified and the potential of a synthesis of them is explored.


Production management, Last planner, Critical chain



Koskela, L. , Stratton, R. & Koskenvesa, A. 2010, 'Last Planner and Critical Chain in Construction Management: Comparative Analysis' In:, Walsh, K. & Alves, T., 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Haifa, Israel, 14-16 Jul 2010. pp 538-547

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