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Process transparency on construction sites: Examples from construction companies in Brazil

Tezel, BA, Koskela, LJ, Tzortzopoulos, P, Formoso, C T, Alves, T, Neto, B, Viana, D and Mota, B 2010, Process transparency on construction sites: Examples from construction companies in Brazil , in: 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 14-16 July 2010, Haifa, Israel.

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Abstract

Process transparency is the core concept in Visual Management (VM), which is one of the founding blocks of the Toyota Production System. This paper presents the preliminary results of a collaborative research conducted between Brazil and the UK, as part of a research effort focused on the application of Visual Management in construction. How process transparency is realized on construction sites is the main research question of the paper. The use of this concept and the implementation of the transparency theory were investigated through multiple case studies, carried out in nine different construction companies. The findings are explained through six theoretical transparency increasing approaches. The affecting parameters in the application of, the management’s perception of and several methods in process transparency in construction were identified. Further work, especially exploring the functions of process transparency on construction sites and reflecting the worker perception of the issue, is necessary to elaborate the process transparency concept.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Process transparency, Visual Management, lean theory implementation
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 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: LJ Koskela
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 13:51
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:20
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URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/9567

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