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Management of production in construction: A theoretical view

Koskela, LJ 1999, Management of production in construction: A theoretical view , in: 7th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 26-28 July 1999, Berkeley, California, USA.

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    Abstract

    The transformation view and the flow view are two major conceptualizations of production. The current practice in construction is based on the transformation view. However, the transformation view is an idealization, and in a complex production situation the associated idealization error may become large. This is exactly what happens in practice. Task management, based on the transformation view, assumes that certainty prevails in production. However, it is widely observed that, due to the inherent variability of production in construction, intended task management degenerates into mutual adjustment by teams on site. It is argued that the transformation view and the flow view should be synthesized into a new theoretical view on construction. The inherent causes of variability in construction can be explained and the countermeasures for eliminating variability or stemming its impact can be pinpointed by this new theoretical view. It is shown that the Last Planner method is compatible with this new view.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Production theory, construction, project management, Last Planner
    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 of the 7th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
    Publisher: Berkeley, California, USA
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: LJ Koskela
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 13:51
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:19
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    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9429

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