Lean Project Management

Group
  • Unit(s) of assessment: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
  • School: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Overview

The group focuses on step change improvement in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the built environment by adapting Lean Production philosophies and technologies. Research is undertaken within the procurement and delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios of work specialising in the identification, development and utilisation of the very best of human creativity within effective and efficient collaborative systems.

The work of the Lean Project Management Research Group focuses on developing the new project production philosophy and methodologies for implementation across all project based sectors. These include all forms of construction and the production of other high value assets such as trains, satellites and ships, TV and film production, ICT systems and even aspects of medical treatment.

Within this overarching field of study are a number of sub-themes detailed below.

  • Strategic procurement for integrated production systems that build on 21 years of procurement research at NTU.
  • Design of new project production systems within specific contexts arising from 14 years of research in lean construction.
  • Deployment of human engagement systems that facilitate continual improvement at all levels of the production system and organisational enterprise with roots in more recent work in understanding and learning new ways of working building on five years of research.

All our research has a particular focus on learning from action in partnership with industry to find answers to real world problems and issues. The research group works in partnership with the Centre for Lean Projects at NTU supported by an industrial advisory board.

For academic enquiries and for more information concerning the research group, please contact the Research Group Leader, Professor Christine Pasquire, by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 2095.

For individual enquiries about doing research please contact the named staff members(s).

Collaboration

Centre For Lean Projects - Advisory Board

Chair

  • Nicola Morrey, Shepherd Construction

Members

  • Paul Phillips, Morgan Sindall
  • Richard Garland, Sandwood Design & Build
  • Chris Mann, ECITB
  • Tim Peach, Lendlease
  • Lynne Hamilton, Anglian Water Alliance
  • Neal Symmonds, Highways Agency
  • John Eyenon, Open Water Consulting
  • Nigel Fraser, Westone Consulting
  • Tim Fenemore, Progress Rail Services (UK)
  • Alan Mossman, The Change Business

Research Collaborators & Partners

  • Woodside Energy, Australia
  • Glenn Ballard, UC Berkeley, Woodside Visiting Professor in Lean Construction
  • Lean Construction Institute UK Ltd
  • Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
  • European Construction Institute
  • Highways Agency
  • University of Cardiff
  • University of Salford
  • Highways Agency

Recent Bid Partners

  • Morgan Sindall
  • Alstom
  • Tralux
  • Costain PLC
  • Bombardier Signalling
  • Agora Construction
  • Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
  • Karlsruh Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Valencia University Polytechnic
  • Sau Paulo
  • Nottingham City Homes

For academic enquiries please contact the Research Group Leader, Professor Christine Pasquire by email or telephone +44 (0) 115 848 2095. For further information on business collaborations, please contact Chris Davison, College Business Development Manager by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8215.

Working With Us

New partners for lean research are welcome especially to collaborate on funding bids. We specialise in industry focused doctoral training and welcome industrial sponsors with specific implementation requirements.

We offer a range of short courses and training packages for developing Lean approaches within the construction sector. We are able to embed new methods of working tailored to your business through knowledge transfer projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding where applicable.

Publications

Journals

  • MORREY, N., PASQUIRE, C. and DAINTY, A., 2013. Developing a strategy to enact lean. Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 3 (1), pp. 35-45.
  • ZIMINA, D., BALLARD, G. and PASQUIRE, C., 2012. Target value design: using collaboration and a lean approach to reduce construction cost. Construction Management and Economics, 30 (5), pp. 383-398.
  • PASQUIRE, C., 2012. Positioning lean within an exploration of engineering construction. Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 30 (8), pp. 673-685.
  • EMMITT, S., PASQUIRE, C. and MERTIA, B., 2012. Is good enough "making do"?: An investigation of inappropriate processing in a small design and build company. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 12 (3), pp. 369-383.
  • ZIMINA, D. and PASQUIRE, C.L., 2011. Applying lean thinking in commercial management. Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 16 (1), pp. 64-72.
  • SALVATIERRA-GARRIDO, J. and PASQUIRE, C.L., 2011. Value theory in lean construction. Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 16 (1), pp. 8-18.
  • PASQUIRE, C. and SALVATIERRA-GARRIDO, J., 2011. Introducing the concept of first and last value to aid lean design: learning from social housing projects In Chile. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 7 (2), pp. 128-138.
  • PASQUIRE, C. and CONNOR, P., 2011. Where does the theory informing the International Group for Lean Construction come from? [special issue]. Lean Construction Journal, pp. 23-32.

Conference Proceedings

  • PASQUIRE, C. and COURT, P., 2013. An exploration of knowledge and understanding – the eighth flow. In: 21st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Fortaleza, Brazil, 31 July – 2 August 2013.
  • MORREY, N., DAINTY, A., THOMSON, D. and PASQUIRE, C., 2013. Problematisation of the shift from products to services. In: S.D. SMITH and D.D. AHIAGA-DAGBUI, eds., 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Reading, 2-4 September 2013. Reading: ARCOM, pp. 655-665
  • MANEWA, A., PASQUIRE, C., GIBB, A., ROSS, A. and SIRIWARDENA, M., 2013. Adaptable buildings – striving towards a sustainable future. In: People and Planet 2013 Conference, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University, Melbourne, Australia, 2 -5 July 2013.
  • SALVATIERRA-GARRIDO, J., PASQUIRE, C.L. and MIRON, L., 2012. Exploring value concept through the IGLC community: nineteen years of experience. In: I.D. TOMMELEIN and C.L. PASQUIRE, eds., 20th Annual Conference, International Group for Lean Construction, San Diego, USA, July 2012.
  • PASQUIRE, C.L., 2012. The 8th flow - common understanding. In: I. D. TOMMELEIN and C. L. PASQUIRE, eds., 20th Annual Conference, International Group for Lean Construction, San Diego, USA, July 2012.
  • MORREY, N., PASQUIRE, C.L. and DAINTY, A.R.J., 2012. Path dependency to path creation: enabling strategic lean implementation. In: I. D. TOMMELEIN and C. L. PASQUIRE, eds., 20th Annual Conference, International Group for Lean Construction, San Diego, USA, July 2012.
  • AGYEKUM-MENSAH, G., KNIGHT, A. and PASQUIRE, C., 2012. Adaption of structured analysis design techniques methodology for construction project planning. In: S.D. SMITH, ed., 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, Edinburgh, 3-5 September 2012. Reading: ARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp. 1055-1065.
  • ZIMINA, D. and PASQUIRE, C.L., 2011. Tracking the dependencies between companies' commercial behaviour and their institutional environment. In: J. A. ROOKE and B. DAVE, eds., 19th Annual Conference, International Group for Lean Construction, Lima, Peru, July 2011.
  • SALVATIERRA-GARRIDO, J. and PASQUIRE, C.L., 2011. The first and last value model: sustainability as a first value delivery of lean construction practice. In: J. A. ROOKE and B. DAVE, eds., 19th Annual Conference, International Group for Lean Construction, Lima, Peru, July 2011.
  • PASQUIRE, C.L. and CONNOR, P.R., 2011. Where does the theory informing the International Group for Lean Construction come from? In: J. A. ROOKE and B. DAVE, eds., 19th Annual Conference, International Group for Lean Construction, Lima, Peru, July 2011.
  • MORREY, N., PASQUIRE, C.L. and DAINTY, A.R.J., 2011. Developing a strategy to enact lean. In: J. A. ROOKE and B. DAVE, eds., 19th Annual Conference, International Group for Lean Construction, Lima, Peru, July 2011.
  • EMMITT, S., PASQUIRE, C. and MERTIA, B., 2011. Addressing the architect/contractor interface: a lean design management perspective. In: A. OTTER, S. EMMITT and C. ACHAMMER, eds., Architectural Management in the Digital Arena, CIB W-096 Architectural Management Conference, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, 13-14 October 2011. Eindhoven: University Press, Eindhoven University of Technology, pp. 110-119.

Books

  • TOMMELEIN, I.D. and PASQUIRE, C.L., eds., 2012. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, San Diego, California, USA, July 2012. California: Montezuma Publishing.

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