Towards creative lean (clean) construction : From lean production to lean consumption

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The current approaches in lean construction are primarily production oriented. More recently, there has been greater attention towards what we design, based on approaches such as Target Value Design. Despite these developments, the need for production is taken as the default starting point in the design explorations. On the other hand, new business models and approaches such as Space-As-A-Service may at times eliminate the need for any production at all, and yet deliver the desired functionalities and values to the target users and customers. Such solutions, based on principles of shared resources and sharing economy can be viewed as 'Lean consumption models that eliminate waste in consumption patterns itself. Since such alternative approaches require divergent thinking, there is need to integrate creative design methodologies in lean construction practice. Therefore, this paper aims to initiate this discussion on Creative Lean (CLean) Construction, as a step from lean production to lean consumption.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGLC 2018 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Subtitle of host publicationEvolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers
EditorsVicente A. Gonzalez
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Chennai, India
Duration: 16 Jul 201822 Jul 2018
Conference number: 26

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Publisher International Group for Lean Construction
ISSN (Print)2309-0979


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC

    Research areas

  • Creative Lean Construction, Disruption, Lean consumption, Lean design management, Missed opportunity

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