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Visual management in Brazilian construction companies : taxonomy and guidelines for implementation

Tezel, BA, Koskela, LJ, Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, P, Formoso, CT and Alves, T 2015, 'Visual management in Brazilian construction companies : taxonomy and guidelines for implementation' , Journal of Management in Engineering, 31 (6) , 05015001.

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Abstract

Visual management (VM) is the managerial strategy of consciously integrating visual tools in workspaces with the aim of increasing transparency on construction sites. Several VM tools and approaches that had been originally developed in the manufacturing context were implemented in construction. However, research on the application of VM in construction as a managerial strategy is scarce. This paper aims to investigate and classify the types of visual devices that can be used in construction sites through multiple case studies carried out in nine construction companies actively implementing VM. It also discusses strategies for the implementation of VM in construction. The main contributions of this investigation are: (1) a VM tools taxonomy that can be used to identify VM application opportunities, providing a basis for evaluating the level of VM implementation in construction; and (2) identification of critical factors for the implementation and various features of the VM strategy in construction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual management, lean construction, production system design
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management in Engineering
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0742-597X
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: BA Tezel
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 18:00
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2015 10:12
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34754

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