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Lean Construction Reading Primer

 

Compiled by

 

Tariq Sami Abdelhamid

Construction Management Program

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Michigan State University

(updated March 7,2007)

 

The readings listed are those I recommend to students interested in starting research in the area of Lean Construction and I also use some of it as required reading for the  graduate course on Lean Construction that I teach at Michigan State University.  I believe that an understanding of Lean Production as it developed and evolved in the Manufacturing world of Toyota must precede any attempt to understand Lean Construction.  This is why non-construction textbooks are suggested as the first readings.  Once these references are completed, Lean Construction literature becomes much more accessible and meaningful.

 

You should attempt to follow the order of major categories listed but not necessarily the order of readings listed within each category.  For example, the readings for the category “Origins of Lean Production” should be completed before attempting readings form the category “Production Theories in Construction”, and so on.   The additional reading gives more insights into the topic, primarily for researchers interested in performing a comprehensive literature review.

 

With the exception of the textbooks, the papers listed can be found online at the IGLC website http://www.iglc.net/conferences/ or at the indicated link.  I can provide you with the papers marked with an (*) if you email me at tariq@msu.edu.

 

 

Origins of Lean Production

§  Liker, J. (2004).  The Toyota Way:  14 Management Principles From The World's Greatest Manufacturer (Hardcover)- McGraw-Hill.

- Additional Reading

§  James Womack and Daniel Jones, Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together, Simon and Schuster, New York, NY. 2005.

§  James Womack and Daniel Jones, Lean Thinking, Simon and Schuster, New York, NY.  2003 – Preface and Chapter 1-7 is enough.

§  James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos, The Machine That Changed the World, MacMillan Publishing, New York, NY. 1990.

 

Production Theories in Construction

§  Koskela, L. and Howell, G., (2002), The Underlying Theory of Project Management is Obsolete. Proceedings of the PMI Research Conference, 2002. Pg. 293-302 (http://www.leanconstruction.org/wpapers/index.htm#Theory)

§  Ballard, G., and Howell, G. (2004).  “Competing Construction Management Paradigms.”  Lean Construction Journal (www.leanconstructionjournal.org), Volume 1, issue 1.

§  Bertselen, S. and Koskela, L. (2002).  “Managing The Three Aspects Of Production In Construction.”  Proceedings of the 10th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Brazil, August 6-8 (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Howell, G., and Macomber, H. (2006).  “What Should Project Management be Based on?” Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Santiago, Chile, July 25-27  (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

- Additional Reading

§  * Everett, J. G. (1992).  “Let’s pass on Mass Production.”  Construction Business Review (CBR), 2(2), 13-14.

§  * Koskela, L. (1993).  “Lean production in construction.”  Proceedings of the 10th ISARC, Houston, Texas, May 24-26, 47-54

§  Howell, G and Ballard, G (1994). “Lean Production Theory: Moving Beyond 'Can-Do”.  Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Santiago, Chile, September (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Koskela, L (1999).  “Management of Production in Construction: A Theoretical View”  Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Berkeley, California, USA, 26-28 July 1999 (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Koskela, L. (2000). An exploration towards a production theory and its application to construction, VVT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

§  Bertelsen, S. (2003). “Construction as a Complex System”.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual Meeting of the International Group for Lean Construction, Blacksburg, Virginia (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Abdelhamid, T., S. (2004).  “The Self-Destruction and Renewal of LEAN CONSTRUCTION Theory:  A Prediction From Boyd’s Theory”.  Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 03-06 August 2004, Helsingør, Denmark  (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

 

Lean Construction

§  Howell, G. (1999).  “What Is Lean Construction” Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Berkeley, California, USA, 26-28 July 1999 (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  *Koskela, L., Howell, G., Ballard, G., and Tommelein, I. (2002).  “The Foundations of Lean Construction.”  Design and Construction: Building in Value, R. Best, and G. de Valence, eds., Butterworth-Heinemann, Elsevier, Oxford, UK.

§  Abdelhamid, T. and Salem, O. (2005).  “Lean Construction: A New Paradigm For Managing Construction Projects.”  Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Innovations in Materials and Design of Civil Infrastructure, Cairo, Egypt, December 28-29 (http://www.hbrc.edu.eg/ehbrc/workshop/cmn.asp).

 

- Additional Reading

§  Ballard, G. and Howell, G. (1998).  “What Kind of Production Is Construction?”  Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Guaruja, Brazil, August 13-15. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  Howell, G and Ballard, G (2000).  “Implementing lean construction: understanding and action.”  Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Brighton, UK, July 17-19. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  Howell, G. and Koskela, L. (2000).  “Reforming Project Management: The Role of Lean Construction”.  Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Brighton, UK, July 17-19. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  Ballard, G. (2000).  “Lean Project Delivery System”.  Lean Construction Institute White Paper #8. Available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/.

§  Bertelsen, S. (2004).  “Lean Construction: Where Are We And How To Proceed?”  Lean Construction Journal (www.leanconstructionjournal.org), Volume 1, issue 1.

§  Abdelhamid, T. S. (2003).  “Six-Sigma in Lean Construction Systems:  Opportunities and Challenges”.   Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 22-24 July 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia, 65-83. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

 

Work structuring  - Production system design

§  Howell, G., Alexander, L., Ballard, G. (1993).  “Interaction between subcycles –One key to improved methods.”  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 119 (4) 714-728 (http://www.leanconstruction.org/pdf/interaction.pdf).

§  Howell, G. and Ballard, G. (1999). “Design of Construction Operations”. Lean Construction Institute White Paper #4. Available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/.

§  *Tommelein, I.D. (1998). "Pull-driven Scheduling for Pipe-Spool Installation: Simulation of Lean Construction Technique." ASCE, J. of Constr. Engrg. And Mgmt., 124 (4) 279-288.

§  Tsao, C. et al. (2000).  “Case Study for Work Structuring: Installation of Metal Door Frames”.  Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC-6, Brighton, UK, July 17-19 (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Tsao, Cynthia (2005).  Use of Work Structuring to Increase Performance of Project-Based Production Systems .  Ph.D. Diss., Dept. of Civil & Envir. Engrg., University of California, Berkeley, 325 pp.

§  Fábio K. Schramm, Alana A. Rodrigues and Carlos T. Formoso (2006).  The Role of Production System Design in the Management of Complex Projects.  Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Santiago, Chile, July 25-27  (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  Alberto Esquenazi and Rafael Sacks  (2006).  Evaluation of Lean Improvements in Residential Construction using Computer Simulation.  Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Santiago, Chile, July 25-27  (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

 

-       Additional Reading

§  Oglesby, Clarkson, Henry Parker and Gregory Howell (1990). Productivity Improvement In Construction. New York: McGraw-Hill.  Ch 7 and 8. (available in PDF format on CD for $15 through ghlci@earthlink.com)

§  Ballard, G. and Tommelein, I. (1998). “Aiming for Continuous Flow.” Lean Construction Institute White Paper #3. Available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/.

 

Production Management (Last Planner System)

§  Ballard, G. and Howell, G. (1998).  Shielding Production: An Essential Step in Production Control  Journal of Construction Engineering in Management, ASCE, 124 (1) 18-24.

§  Glenn Ballard (1997).  Lookahead Planning: The Missing Link in Production Control

  Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, July.

§  Sacks, R., Goldin, M., and Derin, Z. (2005).  “Pull-Driven Construction Of High-Rise Apartment Buildings”.   Proceedings IGLC-13, July 2005, Sydney, Australia. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Macomber, H., Howell, G.A., Reed, D. (2005).  “Managing Promises With The Last Planner System: Closing In On Uninterrupted Flow”.  Proceedings IGLC-13, July 2005, Sydney, Australia. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Hyden, B. B. (2006).  “Lean Scheduling: An Innovation in Construction Scheduling” http://www.bricker.com/legalservices/industry/construction/resources/articles/198.asp

 

- Additional Reading

§  Ballard, G. (2000). The Last Planner System of Production Control.  PhD Thesis, University of Birmingham. Available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/.

§  Tommelein, I., Riley, D., and Howell, G.  (1998).  Parade Game: Impact of Work Flow Variability on Succeeding Trade Performance”.  Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Guaruja, Brazil, August 13-15. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Howell, G., Ballard, G., and Hall, J. (1998).  “Capacity Utilization and Wait time:  A Primer for Construction” Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Guaruja, Brazil, August 13-15. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Pappas, M. (1990).  “Evaluating Innovative Construction Management Methods through the Assessment of Intermediate Impacts” Master of Science in Engineering” Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 1990.  Summary available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/.

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Value Management, Relational Contracting, Lean Design, and Target Costing

§  Wandahl, S., and Bejder, E. (2003).  “Value-based Management in the Supply Chain of Construction Projects”.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual Meeting of the International Group for Lean Construction, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.  (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Emmitt, S.,  Sander, D., and Christoffersen, A. (2005).  “The Value Universe: Defining A Value Based Approach To Lean Construction”.  Proceedings IGLC-13, July 2005, Sydney, Australia. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Owen Matthews, Gregory A. Howell, and Panagiotis Mitropoulos (2003).  Aligning The Lean Organization: A Contractual Approach”.  Proceedings of the 11th conference of the international group for lean construction, Blacksburg, Virginia, 22-24 July 2003.

§  Lichtig, W. A. (2005).  “Sutter Health: Developing a Contracting Model to Support Lean Project Delivery.”  Lean Construction Journal (www.leanconstructionjournal.org), Volume 2, issue 1.

§  Ballard, G., and Zabelle, T. R. (2000). “Lean Design: Process, Tools, & Techniques”. Lean Construction Institute White Paper #10.  Available at http://www.leanconstruction. org/

§  Ballard, G. and Reiser, P. (2004).  The St. Olaf College Fieldhouse Project: A Case Study In Designing To Target Cost”.  Proceedings IGLC-12, August 2004, Denmark. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

- Additional Reading

 

§  Lean Construction Journal - Volume 2, issue 1; April 2005

§  Zabelle, T. and Ballard, G. (1999). “Flow Driver”. Lean Construction Institute White Paper #6. Available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/

§  Ballard, G., and Zabelle, T. R. (2000). “Project Definition”. Lean Construction Institute White Paper #9. Available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/

 

Lean Supply and Lean Assembly

 

§  Obrien, W., J., London, K., and Vrijhoef, R. (2002).  “Construction Supply Chain Modeling: a research review and interdisciplinary research agenda”.  Proceedings of the 10th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Brazil, August 6-8.  (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Vrijhoef, R., Koskela, L., and Voordijk, H. (2003).  “Understanding Construction Supply Chains: A Multiple Theoretical Approach To Inter-Organizational Relationships In Construction”.  Proceedings of the 11th conference of the international group for lean construction, Blacksburg, Virginia, 22-24 July 2003. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Ballard, G. and Howell (1995).  “Toward Construction JIT”.  Proceedings of the 1995 ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Sheffield.  (http://www.leanconstruction.org/pdf/TowardsJIT.PDF).

§  Ballard, G. (1998). “Implementing Pull Strategies in the AEC Industry”. Lean Construction Institute White Paper #1. Available at http://www.leanconstruction.org/

§  Tommelein, I. and Li, A. (1997).  “Just-in-time concrete delivery: mapping alternatives for vertical supply chain integration”.  Proceedings of the 7th conference of the international group for lean construction, Berkeley, California, 26-28 July 1999. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Tommelein, I. and Beeche, G. (2001).  “De-coupling cladding installation from other high-rise building trades:  A case study”.  Proceedings of the 9th conference of the international group for lean construction, Singapore, 6-8 August. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Christine Pasquire, Rupert Soar, Alistair Gibb  (2006).  Beyond Pre-Fabrication - The Potential Of Next Generation Technologies To Make A Step Change In Construction Manufacturing.  Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Santiago, Chile, July 25-27  (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

 

Lean Construction Implementation

 

§  Mastroianni, R. and Abdelhamid, T. S (2003).  “The Challenge: The Impetus For Change To Lean Project Delivery”.   Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 22-24 July 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  O. Salem, J. Solomon, A. Genaidy, and M. Luegring  (2005).   Site Implementation and Assessment of Lean Construction Techniques."  Lean Construction Journal, volume 2 issue 2, pp. 1-21.

§   Richard Bayfield and Paul Roberts (2005).  “Contract Or Co-Operation? Insights From Beyond Construction: Collaboration – The Honda Experience.” Lean Construction Journal, volume 2 issue 2, pp. 22-50.

 

Lean Construction vs. Conventional Construction Management

§  Gregory Howell and Glenn Ballard (1996).   Can Project Controls Do Its Job?.  Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Birmingham, England. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  Yong Woo Kim and Glenn Ballard (2000).  Is the Earned-Value Method an Enemy of Workflow?   Proceedings Eighth Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC-6, Brighton, UK, July 17-19. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  Greg Howell & Lauri Koskela (2000).  Reforming Project Management: The Role of Lean Construction.  Proceedings Eighth Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC-6, Brighton, UK, July 17-19. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/)

§  Bob Huber and  Paul Reiser (2003).  THE MARRIAGE OF CPM AND LEAN CONSTRUCTION.  Proceedings of the 11th conference of the international group for lean construction, Blacksburg, Virginia, 22-24 July 2003. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

§  Hal Macomber (2002).  Critical Path Method:  Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice.  ©2002 Hal Macomber. From the weblog Reforming Project Management.

§  Chitla, V. K., and Abdelhamid, T. S. (2003).  “Comparing Process Improvement Initiatives Based On Percent Plan Complete And Labor Utilization Factors”.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 22-24 July 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia, 118-131. (http://www.iglc.net/conferences/).

 

 

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