Coordination and waste in industrialised housing
2011 (English)In: Construction Innovation, ISSN 1471-4175, E-ISSN 1477-0857, Vol. 11, no 1, 77-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose – This study maintains that there is a need for proper execution of coordination mechanisms as a means to reduce waste. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between the coordination of activities and resources on the one hand, and the occurrence of different types of waste on the other.
Design/methodology/approach – The empirical context of this paper is a case study at a Swedish construction company that has applied the industrialised housing concept; a concept which has increased in popularity in recent years. The core concept of industrialised housing means that houses are (more or less) pre-manufactured in specific production units, i.e. factories, and thereafter assembled on-site.
Findings – The analysis highlights the importance of having the right type as well as the right amount of coordination. In addition, obstacles and challenges for proper coordination are discussed.
Originality/value – Even if not all waste can be explained and eliminated by appropriate coordination, this research shows that coordination theory provides lean researchers with a new tool for analysis of the supply chain and how waste can be eliminated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald , 2011. Vol. 11, no 1, 77-91 p.
Waste, Housing, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64453DOI: 10.1108/14714171111104646OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-64453DiVA: diva2:391412