Critical success factors for Kaizen implementation in the Nigerian construction industry

Omotayo, T ORCID:, Kulatunga, U and Bjeirmi, B 2018, 'Critical success factors for Kaizen implementation in the Nigerian construction industry' , International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 67 (9) , pp. 1816-1836.

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Purpose: Kaizen in construction is a new paradigm stemming out of lean production systems. Construction companies in developing economies, such as Nigeria, have a task to innovate to liquidate in certain cases. With the aid of kaizen, which encompasses the benefit of stakeholder relationship improvement and management, profitability enhancement and delivery of projects to satisfied clients, construction companies can realise expected growth. An exploration of the critical success factors (CSF) and associated drivers within the limits of the scope is essential. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach: Exploratory factor analysis statistical tests categorised the CSF identified in the literature review section. A detailed sampling approach extracted 135 questionnaires under the five-point Likert scale format from a larger population in Nigeria. An exploration of important drivers and iteration of eigenvalues combined with asymptotic significance of the drivers provided the CSF and significant drivers.

Findings: Construction management function, operational efficiency, construction business ethics and construction cost management were the CSF established from the exploratory factor analysis tests. It was confirmed that kaizen can be adopted in Nigerian construction companies with reflections on the principal drivers for the CSF.

Research limitations/implications: The exploration of the CSF and drivers associated with kaizen implementation can be applied to other developing countries with considerations of implementation in terms of cost and time.

Originality/value: The identification of CSF provides ample opportunity for consideration of kaizen in construction companies. The findings of this study are a basis for investigations into cost and time implications of kaizen adoption in construction companies.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1741-0401
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 15:42

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