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Thesis title: An Exploratory Study into the use of Last Planner® System and Collaborative Planning for Construction Process Improvement in the UK
I am a PhD student in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. My thesis is entitled An Exploratory Study into the use of Last Planner® System and Collaborative Planning for Construction Process Improvement in the UK.
The demand for improvement in the UK construction industry and the dissatisfaction from end users have been a subject of debate over many years. The problems have been partially attributed to the industry's fragmentation and the use of a rational approach in the planning and execution of projects.
In recent times, the Last Planner System (LPS) (a lean production control tool) has been identified as having a magical effect on stabilising and coordinating construction planning and work execution on site. However, the application and benefits of this system in the UK construction industry has not been fully explored due to lack of knowledge among industry practitioners – UK practice has largely stalled at collaborative planning. In view of this, this study sets out to answer this research question: How does the current understanding and application of the Last Planner System and collaborative planning in the UK construction industry align or misalign with the theories that inform the Last Planner System of production control?
The aim of this research is to develop a methodology to create a pre-disposition within project teams to enable a rapid and successful implementation of the Last Planner System. Mixed methods research design will be employed in the proposed study. To be specific, qualitative exploratory research design and quantitative descriptive research design will be adopted. The qualitative exploratory design will use inductive approach while the quantitative descriptive research design will use deductive approach.
The proposed study will advance both practice and theory and make a significant contribution to knowledge. Firstly, the study will reveal the current LPS and CP practices from across construction organisations in the UK. Mismatches can then be mapped and underlying barriers identified. An exploration of the barriers will direct the development of a methodology to create a pre-disposition towards implementing the LPS and providing an antidote to the problems caused by fragmentation by integrating the project team. The role of SMEs is central to this issue as, in the UK, 70% of construction work is executed by the SMEs and any rapid approach towards integration will support and drive collaborative relationships down the supply chain for continuous construction process improvement. Finally, the study will contribute to the limited theory in construction planning from other fields of knowledge such as Urban and Regional Planning, Collaborative Working and Leadership.
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