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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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: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
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 12:28
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:14
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URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9362

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