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Which kind of science is construction management?

Koskela, LJ 2008, Which kind of science is construction management? , in: 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 16th-18th July 2008, Manchester, UK.

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    Abstract

    It is argued that the mainstream views on the nature of construction management are insufficient, and as one consequence of this, the relevance of construction management has been questioned. As a solution to this situation, construction management is suggested to be repositioned as a design science, rather than as an explanatory science. A historical consideration reveals that design science equals to one of the sciences proposed by Aristotle, however, the suggestion of Aristotle has been forgotten. Thus, there has been a long-standing neglect of the design science, which explains the present fragmentation of this field. It is argued that this redefinition of construction management will solve several problems plaguing this discipline, including the problem of relevance.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: construction management, natural science, social science, science of production, design science, constructive research
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
    Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
    Built and Human Environment
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings for the 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
    Publisher: The University of Salford
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: LJ Koskela
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 13:28
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:18
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    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9362

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