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Approaches to managing complexity in project production

Bertelsen, S and Koskela, LJ 2005, Approaches to managing complexity in project production , in: 13th International Group for Lean Construction Conference., July 2005, Sydney, Australia.

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    Abstract

    Since the seminal contribution by Shewhart, the dominating approach to production is to minimize all variation in order to get the productive activities into control. Thus, the goal is to avoid all such complexity and uncertainty which could disturb this tight control. This approach is applied in lean production, which is considered to be the superior production template of today. It has to be noted that usually our concepts, for example “waste”, are based on this understanding of production. However, there are production situations with inherent complexity and unpredictability not least in project production. The primary goal of the paper is to chart and analyze the different approaches available for coping with these situations. Four different strategies are identified and discussed: reducing complexity, codifying procedures, learning to improvise and buffering. A secondary goal of the paper is to discuss whether and how the conceptual framework in production management should be further developed for taking these different approaches to project complexity into account.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Complexity; Project production; Project management; Waste
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
    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 of 13th International Group for Lean Construction Conference.
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: LJ Koskela
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2010 11:26
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:19
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    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9383

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