Case study on design management: Inefficiencies and possible remedies

Ergo Pikas, Lauri Koskela, Bhargav Dave, Roode Liias

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    Delivering better products with a reduced lead time and less resources has become the primary focus of design management. The aim of this work is to revisit typical design management inefficiencies and discuss possible remedies for these problems. To this end, a case study and interviews with seven Estonian architects were carried out. The data obtained was analyzed within the framework of the transformation-flow-value theory of production. Despite its failure to deliver customer value, a single-minded transformation view of operations has been the dominant approach taken in design management and processes, leading to inefficiencies in design practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of IGLC 23 - 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Global Knowledge - Global Solutions
    EditorsO. Seppänen, V.A. González, P. Arroyo
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9780987455796
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Perth, Australia
    Duration: 28 Jul 201531 Jul 2015
    Conference number: 23


    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
    Abbreviated titleIGLC


    • design inefficiencies
    • design management
    • TFV conceptualization

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