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Arbulu, R J, Tommelein, I D, Walsh, K D and Hershauer, J C (2003) Value stream analysis of a re-engineered construction supply chain. Building Research & Information, 31(02), 161–71.

Ballard, G (2003) Lean project management. Building Research & Information, 31(02), 119–33.

Barlow, J, Childerhouse, P, Gann, D, Hong-Minh, S, Naim, M and Ozaki, R (2003) Choice and delivery in housebuilding: lessons from Japan for UK housebuilders. Building Research & Information, 31(02), 134–45.

Bygballe, L E, Håkansson, H and Jahre, M (2013) A critical discussion of models for conceptualizing the economic logic of construction. Construction Management and Economics, 31(02), 104-18.

Chang, C-Y (2013) A critical review of the application of TCE in the interpretation of risk allocation in PPP contracts. Construction Management and Economics, 31(02), 99-103.

Courtney, R and Winch, G M (2003) Re-engineering construction: the role of research and implementation. Building Research & Information, 31(02), 172–8.

Gerth, R, Boqvist, A, Bjelkemyr, M and Lindberg, B (2013) Design for construction: utilizing production experiences in development. Construction Management and Economics, 31(02), 135-50.

Gibb, A G F and Isack, F (2003) Re-engineering through pre-assembly: client expectations and drivers. Building Research & Information, 31(02), 146–60.

Gottlieb, S C and Haugbølle, K (2013) Contradictions and collaboration: partnering in-between systems of production, values and interests. Construction Management and Economics, 31(02), 119-34.

Green, S D and May, S (2003) Re-engineering construction: going against the grain. Building Research & Information, 31(02), 97–106.

Menches, C L and Chen, J (2013) Using ecological momentary assessment to understand a construction worker's daily disruptions and decisions. Construction Management and Economics, 31(02), 180-94.

Murphy, R (2013) Strategic planning in construction professional service firms: a study of Irish QS practices. Construction Management and Economics, 31(02), 151-66.

Phua, F T T (2013) Construction management research at the individual level of analysis: current status, gaps and future directions. Construction Management and Economics, 31(02), 167-79.

Winch, G M (2003) Integrated life-cycle analysis. Building Research & Information, 31(02), 107–18.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: manufacturing models; lean construction; complex systems industries; project management; production theory; re-engineering construction; construction performance
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=ahk63acha733xgab
  • Abstract:
    For at least the last 80 years, construction firms have been exhorted to improve their process by modelling themselves on 'manufacturing', and the current concern for re-engineering construction is the latest manifestation of this tradition. Yet, it is rarely clearly specified which model of manufacturing should be adopted. The aim of this paper is to clarify the issues by placing the wide range of initiatives encompassed within the CIB's definition of re-engineering construction in an historical and comparative context. It reviews the history of the development of the dominant model of manufacturing - largely based on the auto industry - culminating in lean production. It then identifies an equally well-established 'alternative' model of manufacturing associated with the production of complex systems. It is suggested that attempts to re-engineer the construction process have tended to focus on the dominant model - borrowing concepts from mass production during the 1950s and 1960s, and lean production during the 1990s. The mass production model was never very relevant for construction and it is suggested that the lean production model is unlikely to be of broad relevance to construction industry beyond housing. More appropriate are models of manufacturing derived from the complex systems industries, particularly concepts associated with project management, and the role of systems integrators.