How Research Can Help Transform the Construction Industry

Fritz Gehbauer1, Glenn Ballard2 & Margarita Leonova3

1Professor Emeritus, Institute for Technology and Management in Construction, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Am Fasanengarten Geb. 50.31, 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany, Phone +49-721 9554631, fritzgehbauer@
2Research Director, Project Production Systems Laboratory, Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept., Univ. of California, Berkeley, 407 McLaughlin Hall, CA94720-1712, USA. [email protected]
3Ph.D. Student, Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ehitajate tee 5, 419086 Tallinn, Estonia., +372 5845 4946, [email protected]


According to its website, the International Group for Lean Construction is dedicated to the radical renewal of AEC practice, education and research. As is the way with academic researchers, that objective has been pursued with little explicit coordination. Without expecting everyone to become part of a big machine, this paper presents the benefits expected from collaboration on a high level research program aimed at removing the obstacles to radical renewal. Obstacles to that transformation are proposed, culminating in an appeal for collabration to remove those obstacles.


Lean construction, industry transformation, obstacles, paradigms, research



Gehbauer, F. , Ballard, G. & Leonova, M. 2017. How Research Can Help Transform the Construction Industry, 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , 293-300.

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