Exploring Value Concept Through the IGLC Community: Nineteen Years of Experience

Jose Salvatierra-Garrido1, Christine Pasquire2 & Luciana Miron3

1PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Works, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile, Phone +56 (2)7182838, [email protected]
2PhD, Professor of Lean Project Management, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, UK, Phone +44 (0)115 941 8418, [email protected]
3PhD, Professor, School of Architecture and Urbanism, Department of Architecture, Researcher at Building Innovation Research Unit (NORIE), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, FAX:+ 55 51 3308 4054, [email protected]


The concept of value has been widely cited within Lean Construction (LC), and important discussions have been taking place during the conferences of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). This paper aims at exploring the concept through the nineteen years of proceedings of the IGLC community (1993 to 2011). In order to select the sample, the concept of value is firstly identified from titles, abstracts and key words of all papers presented in previous conferences. Then, information is summarised to mainly underline value conceptualisation from different authors and contribution to the LC experience. A review of the published work leads to conclude that (1) this concept has been broadly influenced by the production view of construction (value generation view from the TFV model of Koskela, 2000); (2) value is still regarded as an ambiguous concept because different interpretations contribute to its understanding, and more subjective aspects are deemed as an important part of this concept; (3) most efforts have been mainly endeavoured to deliver value at project level, where waste reduction and planning & control of construction site activities have been key activities linked to value; and (4) numerous efforts have been mainly endeavoured to fulfil particular customer’s requirements.


Lean Construction, Lean Thinking, Theory, Value Concept.



Salvatierra-Garrido, J. , Pasquire, C. & Miron, L. 2012, 'Exploring Value Concept Through the IGLC Community: Nineteen Years of Experience' In:, Tommelein, I. D. & Pasquire, C. L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, California, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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