Flow Dimensions at Swedish Construction Contractors

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76263
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Teknik och teknologier, Samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggproduktion, Industrialized construction, Lean Construction, Operations management, Operations strategy, Byggproduktion och teknik, Construction Management and Building Technology
Publication year: 2019
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructureSDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities
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Research Question: How do different flow dimensions and their interrelations appear in Swedish construction settings?

Purpose: To contribute to the ongoing discussion on flow in construction by providing empirical data to a proposed flow model and widening the current understanding within Lean Construction with theory from industrialized construction and operations management.

Research Design: Transcriptions of nine in-depth interviews with managers at different Swedish contractors were utilized to identify different flow dimensions.

Findings: Results show different patterns which describe contractors’ focus on different flow dimensions.

Limitations: The study is performed in Swedish construction companies with limited generalizability to construction in general. Data collection based on interviews might struggle with objectivity and multi-case studies do not coincide with in-depth research in each single case.

Implications: Different flow dimensions are relevant within construction contractors and should be addressed by either management activities or an operations strategy.

Value for practitioners: Increased understanding of flow in construction based on empirical data enables management of different flow dimensions to evolve contractors’ operations strategies towards Lean Construction or industrialized construction.


Brian Wernicke

Luleå tekniska universitet; Industriellt och hållbart byggande
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Helena Lidelöw

Luleå tekniska universitet; Industriellt och hållbart byggande; Lindbäcks bygg
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Kajsa Simu

Luleå tekniska universitet; Industriellt och hållbart byggande
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