Developing production theory: What issues need to be taken into consideration?

Rooke, JA, Koskela, LJ, Howell, GA and Kagioglou, M 2012, Developing production theory: What issues need to be taken into consideration? , in: IGLC 20, July 18-20th, San Diego CA.

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The aim of this paper is to establish key issues that a theory of production should address, to conceptualize these issues and to sketch an account of their interaction. Aristotle's analyses of knowledge and causality are used, in conjunction with Wittgenstein's concept of language games, to integrate the insights of transformation-flow-value (TFV) theory and the language action perspective (LAP) within a framework derived from Liker (2004). Building on Liker, we identify four language games that are necessary for production: 1. drawing on scientific knowledge to determine the best physical arrangements for the achievement of a pre-given value; 2. two value discourses which determine (a) the target value for (1) and (b) the human relations which will enable the achievement of (1) - Liker's 'long term philosophy' and 'developing people and organization', plus the Language Action Perspective; 3. a discourse of learning and knowledge with the aim of continual improvement. Four of the key concepts used in these games are identified (flow; work, knowledge and commitment) and related to the functions of management. Finally, an overall theoretical framework is proposed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings IGLC 20
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: JA Rooke
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2013 12:19
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 05:01

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