Construction Research Congress 2022

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Abstract

The adoption of Lean Construction (LC) methods at the trade level is lagging, despite the considerable benefits of implementing these methods for contractors. This suggests the need for better approaches and practical strategies to support lean adoption by trade contractors. This paper seeks to understand the current status and trends of lean in the trade contracting environment by interviewing lean experts. In total, 27 semi-structured interviews were conducted with construction practitioners to explore the benefits, current methods, and factors required to successfully implement lean methods by trade contractors. Subsequently, content analysis was performed to identify indicators that assist in implementing lean approaches, as well as barriers hindering trade adoption of lean. A total of 35 unique benefits were categorized into five main groups: Business Case, Outcomes, Process, Team, and Workforce. Additionally, the study found that 12 different barriers in five categories, including cultural and human attitudinal, management commitment and support, skill and knowledge, fragmentation and procurement, and resources, were linked to the successful implementation of lean practices. Ultimately, practical recommendations to guide trade contractor adoption of lean are presented. This study finds that despite the potential benefits of achieving a higher level of productivity and profit through implementing lean practices, there is still a shortage in uptake and consistency of implementation required to attain these benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2022
Subtitle of host publicationProject Management and Delivery, Controls, and Design and Materials - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
EditorsFarrokh Jazizadeh, Tripp Shealy, Michael J. Garvin
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages932-942
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483978
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
EventConstruction Research Congress 2022: Project Management and Delivery, Controls, and Design and Materials, CRC 2022 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2022Mar 12 2022

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2022: Project Management and Delivery, Controls, and Design and Materials - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
Volume3-C

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2022: Project Management and Delivery, Controls, and Design and Materials, CRC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington
Period3/9/223/12/22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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