Lean tools proposal to mitigate delays and cost overruns in construction projects

Adriana Gómez-Cabrera, Luis A. Salazar, José L. Ponz-Tienda, Luis F. Alarcón

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Abstract

Construction projects are carried out under the triple constraint of cost, time, and scope, as stated in the project management literature. However, time and cost deviations in the construction industry are frequent, and their magnitude in many cases is considerable, generating harmful consequences. This paper developed a literature review to examine 33 research papers published since 1988 in the Web of Science database to identify the main factors causing these deviations, demonstrating that there is no evidence that it is a problem exclusive from a region, country, or project type. A list of 74 factors has been identified from the top ten reported in each paper. The factors were grouped, taking into account their origin. Simultaneously through literature review, tools, methods, and approaches of Lean Construction were also identified, and after an analysis of its nature, these tools were assigned to the previously identified factors considering the possibilities to mitigate their effects. For more than 88% of the identified factors, a Lean tool, method, or approach was identified, demonstrating that both topics are related, and the body of literature developed must be integrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages769-781
Number of pages13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event28th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2020, IGLC 2020 - Berkeley, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020

Conference

Conference28th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2020, IGLC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBerkeley
Period6/07/2010/07/20

Keywords

  • Construction projects
  • Cost overruns
  • Delays
  • Lean plan
  • Lean tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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