From IKEA model to the lean construction concept: A solution to implementation

Li, Heng, Guo, HL, Li, Yan, & Skitmore, Martin (2012) From IKEA model to the lean construction concept: A solution to implementation. The International Journal of Construction Management, 12(4), pp. 47-63.

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The productivity of the construction industry worldwide has been declining over the past forty years. One approach to improving the situation is by the introduction of lean construction. The IKEA model has also been shown to be beneficial when used in the construction context. A framework is developed in which the lean construction concept is embodied within the IKEA model by integrating Virtual Prototyping (VP) technology and its implementation is described and evaluated through a real-life case implementing the lean production philosophy. The operational flows of the IKEA model and lean construction are then compared to analyze the feasibility of IKEA-based lean construction. It is concluded that the successful application of the IKEA model in this context will promote the implementation of lean construction and improve the efficiency of the industry.

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ID Code: 54435
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Construction Industry, Lean Construction, IKEA Model, Virtual Prototyping
DOI: 10.1080/15623599.2012.10773200
ISSN: 1562-3599
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2012 00:21
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2015 01:46

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