Murata, K., Nakajima, K., Kinoshita, K., Tezel, Algan, Koskela, Lauri, Tzortzopoulos, Patricia and Katayama, H. (2016) Investigation of Visual Management Cases in Construction by an Analytical Framework from Manufacturing. In: Proceedings of the 45th International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering. CIE45 (2015). Curran Associates, Metz, France, pp. 744-751. ISBN 9781510817456

Along with the progress of globalization, speed and efficiency have become more critical for any industry than ever before. In this sense, the concept and methods of lean management, promoting these performances, have been deployed from manufacturing, its origin industry, to other industries. This paper deals with this management style in the construction industry, called lean construction. In particular, visual management (VM) as one effective tool in this scheme is focused on. A number of VM cases, 306 in total, was collected from both construction and manufacturing sites and investigated by the so-called 5W1H analytical framework developed in the manufacturing industry. Obtained results suggest that the VM cases in construction have common attributes such as purpose and location, target to attain, users’ attributes, timing to use and elemental technologies for case development. A comparison analysis of the VM cases from construction and those from manufacturing was also carried out, for a mutual transfer of this technology between these industries.

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