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Abdul-Aziz, A-R, Ngau, D P, Lim, Y M and Nuruddin, A R (2011) Internationalization of Malaysian quantity surveying firms: exploring the best fit models. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 49–58.

Brown, A D and Phua, F T T (2011) Subjectively construed identities and discourse: towards a research agenda for construction management. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 83–95.

Chang, Y, Wilkinson, S, Potangaroa, R and Seville, E (2011) Identifying factors affecting resource availability for post-disaster reconstruction: a case study in China. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 37–48.

Davey, C L, Lowe, D J and Duff, A R (2001) Generating opportunities for SMEs to develop partnerships and improve performance. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 1–11.

Dursun, O and Stoy, C (2011) Time-cost relationship of building projects: statistical adequacy of categorization with respect to project location. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 97–106.

Gundes, S (2011) Exploring the dynamics of the Turkish construction industry using input-output analysis. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 59–68.

Kululanga, G K, Edum-Fotwe, F T and McCaffer, R (2001) Measuring construction contractors' organizational learning. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 21–9.

Landin, A and Nilsson, C-H (2001) Do quality systems really make a difference?. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 12–20.

Lansley, P R (2001) Building research and the quality-of-life. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 62–74.

Lu, W, Olofsson, T and Stehn, L (2011) A lean-agile model of homebuilders' production systems. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 25–35.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: agile; housing construction; lean; simulation
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2010.531027
  • Abstract:
    A lean-agile model of homebuilders' production systems is proposed in this research. Value stream mapping is utilized to clarify the proposed lean-agile model, in which pull and Kanban are used to ensure smooth production upstream of the de-coupling point, while fluctuating market demands in terms of variety of homes and variability of volumes are managed by the agile process downstream of the de-coupling point. The de-coupling point is used to provide components to downstream agile process and shield upstream smooth production from market fluctuations. A simulation model is developed to evaluate and validate the effectiveness of the proposed lean-agile model. Simulation experiments show that the lean-agile model prevents the accumulation of high inventory levels and thus provides better customization opportunities for clients compared to even-flow-construction. It also provides a more stable process with shorter cycle times compared to sales-driven production. The proposed lean-agile model offers new possibilities for homebuilders to manage the balance between meeting fluctuating market demands and stabilizing the production system.

Mbiti, T K, Blismas, N, Wakefield, R and Lombardo, R (2011) System archetypes underlying the problematic behaviour of construction activity in Kenya. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 3–13.

Ofori, G (2001) Indicators for measuring construction industry development in developing countries. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 40–50.

Shih, N-J and Huang, Y-S (2001) A study of reflection glare in Taipei. Building Research & Information, 29(01), 30–9.

Thomson, D (2011) A pilot study of client complexity, emergent requirements and stakeholder perceptions of project success. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 69–82.

Wu, J, Kumaraswamy, M and Soo, G K L (2011) Dubious benefits from future exchange: an explanation of payment arrears from "continuing clients" in Mainland China. Construction Management and Economics, 29(01), 15–23.