Identifying Elements for Lean Construction Implementation in Trade Contractor Organizations

M. A. Hamza Khan, Elnaz Asadian, Robert M. Leicht

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Lean practices and initiatives can substantially benefit the construction industry, but the implementation level by trade contractors is lagging. This is partially due to a lack of awareness of potential methods that can be employed by trade contractors, as well as a lack of tools to assist them in realizing their current level of lean implementation. The effectiveness of lean implementation in trade contractors cannot be improved without understanding the current state of its adoption. Several maturity models have been developed to assess lean adoption for organizations and general contractors; however, none has been created for the trade contractor community. Trade contractors execute most of the production tasks on construction projects; thus, they should benefit the most from lean adoption. This paper identifies 15 elements for lean construction implementation by trade contractors using literature review of existing lean construction maturity models and lean construction project implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContracting, Delivery, Scheduling, Estimating, Economics, and Organizational Management and Planning in Construction
EditorsJennifer S. Shane, Katherine M. Madson, Yunjeong Mo, Cristina Poleacovschi, Roy E. Sturgill
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784485286
StatePublished - 2024
EventConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024 - Des Moines, United States
Duration: Mar 20 2024Mar 23 2024

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024


ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDes Moines

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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