Theoretical and conceptual discussions towards creative lean design management in the construction sector

Vishal Singh*

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This paper takes the first steps towards building a theoretical and conceptual approach for creative lean design in the construction sector. The paper argues the need to advance the current lean design management approaches in construction by drawing upon some of the established theoretical and conceptual models in creative engineering design and design creativity. The initial steps towards Creative Lean design methodology are proposed. The paper raises the related open research questions and potential future work, concluding with a brief discussion on the need for a ‘theory of assumptions’. The proposed approach is particularly relevant at a time when there are expectations of disruptive changes in the construction sector. Can the motto ‘Constraints Follow Assumptions’ provide the clarion call for creative design and innovation among the proponents of lean design management in the construction sector?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch into Design for a Connected World - Proceedings of ICoRD 2019 Volume 1
EditorsAmaresh Chakrabarti
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789811359736
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Research into Design - Bangalore, India
Duration: 9 Jan 201911 Jan 2019
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


ConferenceInternational Conference on Research into Design
Abbreviated titleICoRD


  • Creative lean
  • Lean design management
  • Theory of assumptions
  • Theory of constraints


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