Benefits of visual management in construction : cases from the transportation sector in England

Tezel, BA and Aziz, ZUH 2017, 'Benefits of visual management in construction : cases from the transportation sector in England' , Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 17 (2) , pp. 125-157.

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the benefits of Visual Management (VM) systems in transportation construction projects in England. Design/methodology/approach Following a comprehensive literature review, the benefits of VM were investigated through action and case study research executed within two construction projects in England. Findings The main findings are; VM can contribute to (i) increased self-management, (ii) better team coordination, (iii) better promises or an increasing Plan Percent Complete (PPC), (iv) easier control for the management, and (v) improved workplace conditions in the transportation sector. It is important for the management to obtain the engagement of their workforce for VM through increased participation and demonstrating the actual benefits. However, managerial monitoring and control on the systems should not be underestimated. Originality/value The transportation sector in England has been systematically deploying lean construction techniques in its operations for a while. One of those lean techniques is a close-range visual communication strategy called Visual Management (VM). The literature on the VM implementation in construction is scarce and generally limited to the building construction context. This paper documents the benefits of VM systems for the transportation sector by using data captured through both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. The paper also identifies a set of recommendations for similar research efforts in the transportation context in the future.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 1471-4175
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: ZUH Aziz
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 12:33
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 03:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/41141

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