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Improving construction supply chain collaboration and performance: a lean construction pilot project
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1746-2637
2010 (English)In: Supply chain management, ISSN 1359-8546, E-ISSN 1758-6852, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 394-403Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Improving construction supply chain collaboration and performance is central for achieving short-term business objectives as well as long-term competitive advantage. Lean thinking is an approach that has been adopted in many different industrial settings as a means for improving supply chain performance. In the project-based construction industry, lean thinking has however not yet been widely adopted. The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding of how various aspects of lean thinking can be implemented in a construction project and how they affect supply chain actors and their performance. Action research was performed in a case study of a lean construction pilot project. Empirical data was collected through three surveys and follow-up workshops, document studies, and interviews of twelve project participants. The findings show that many of the lean related aspects identified in the literature review were utilized in the pilot project. These aspects have mostly focused on increasing the cooperation among supply chain actors, for which reason the pilot project is very similar to a partnering project. Hence, much work remains in order to obtain full-fledged lean construction, but the pilot project may serve as a starting point for continuous improvements and development of lean construction in future projects.

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2010. Vol. 15, no 5, p. 394-403
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10231DOI: 10.1108/13598541011068323ISI: 000281937100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77956084843Local ID: 8fed6cb0-3356-11df-b933-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-10231DiVA, id: diva2:983171
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Validerad; 2010; 20100319 (pererik)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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