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Alves, T d C L, Milberg, C and Walsh, K D (2012) Exploring lean construction practice, research, and education. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19(05), 512-25.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Brazil; education; lean construction; United States of America
- ISBN/ISSN: 0969-9988
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/09699981211259595
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate the history of dissemination and use of lean concepts in construction and potential challenges for continued use, as application of lean concepts transitions from a small group of first adopters to an industry-wide community. Design/methodology/approach - Using insights obtained from a meeting with industry practitioners, literature review, and published cases in which different approaches were used to disseminate lean production/construction, evidence is presented that supports these challenges. Findings - The authors identify three challenges facing lean construction (LC) practitioners, researchers, and educators. One challenge is lean has many meanings (whether denoted or connoted) when applied to construction. Another challenge is to have academics constantly working with industry practitioners to keep working on the adaptation of concepts/systems and not only tools. The third challenge is that without a sustained effort to engage people in meaningful learning experiences, LC may be viewed as a fad in the construction industry. Research limitations/implications - The discussion presents the authors