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Ackerly, K and Brager, G (2013) Window signalling systems: control strategies and occupant behaviour. Building Research & Information, 41(03), 342-60.

Ahmed, M O and El-adaway, I H (2023) An integrated game-theoretic and reinforcement learning modeling for multi-stage construction and infrastructure bidding. Construction Management and Economics, 41(03), 183–207.

Atuahene, B T, Kanjanabootra, S and Gajendran, T (2023) Transformative role of big data through enabling capability recognition in construction. Construction Management and Economics, 41(03), 208–31.

Dallasega, P, Schulze, F and Revolti, A (2023) Augmented Reality to overcome Visual Management implementation barriers in construction: a MEP case study. Construction Management and Economics, 41(03), 232–55.

Fireman, M C T, Saurin, T A, Formoso, C T, Koskela, L and Tommelein, I D (2023) Slack in production planning and control: a study in the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 41(03), 256–76.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Slack; buffers; variability; production planning and control; Last Planner; ;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2022.2135749
  • Abstract:
    Although buffers of inventories, time, and capacity are commonly recommended to mitigate variability in construction, they abstract away the role played by human agency. This study argues for slack as a socio-technical complement to buffers for dealing with variability. The investigation is based on two case studies conducted in construction projects that adopted the Last Planner® System. Data collection focussed on understanding how slack practices and resources (SPR) were used in production planning and control, and was based on observations, analysis of documents, and interviews. Findings revealed 57 instantiations of slack practices and 8 types of slack resources. Several of these SPR diverge from what are traditionally called buffers, highlighting how the concept of SPR gives visibility to a wider range of variability coping mechanisms. Thus, it is important to make SPR explicit so that managers can reflect on why SPR are necessary, understand how they relate to each other, and assess their unintended consequences. Five propositions are presented, encompassing: how to identify SPR; the variety and general- or context-specific nature of SPR; and the value of maintaining SPR. These propositions contribute to risk management in production planning and control.

Goins, J and Moezzi, M (2013) Linking occupant complaints to building performance. Building Research & Information, 41(03), 361-72.

Gupta, R and Gregg, M (2013) Preventing the overheating of English suburban homes in a warming climate. Building Research & Information, 41(03), 281-300.

Lomas, K J and Kane, T (2013) Summertime temperatures and thermal comfort in UK homes. Building Research & Information, 41(03), 259-80.

Montazami, A and Nicol, F (2013) Overheating in schools: comparing existing and new guidelines. Building Research & Information, 41(03), 317-29.

Schellen, L, Loomans, M, de Wit, M and van Marken Lichtenbelt, W (2013) The influence of different cooling techniques and gender on thermal perception. Building Research & Information, 41(03), 330-41.

Teli, D, James, P A B and Jentsch, M F (2013) Thermal comfort in naturally ventilated primary school classrooms. Building Research & Information, 41(03), 301-16.