Barriers to implementing lean construction in the UK construction industry

Sarhan, Saad and Fox, Andrew (2013) Barriers to implementing lean construction in the UK construction industry. The Built & Human Environment Review . ISSN .

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Abstract

Lean construction management efforts could prove to be highly rewarding for the UK construction industry.
This was emphasised by the Egan Committee who stated that the concepts of lean thinking would lead the UK
construction industry’s quest to improve quality and efficiency. Although various countries worldwide gained
large benefits by adopting Lean Construction (LC) concepts, there still seems to be limited implementation of
lean in the UK construction industry, over the last two decades, even after the publication of the Egan report.
There appears to be a number of structural and cultural barriers that are militating against its successful
implementation. By not realising the factors that affect the successful implementation of LC, organizations will
not be able to know what improvement efforts need to be made, where these efforts should be focused, or which
efforts could obtain best results (Leong & Tilley, 2008). For this reason, this study sought to identify and assess
the possible barriers to the successful implementation of LC in the UK. Based on an extensive literature review,
followed by a statistical analysis of data gained from a questionnaire survey which targeted practitioners in the
UK construction industry, a number of barriers were identified as key barriers. Further analysis revealed that
only three of these barriers were determined as significant. The results of this study could be used to help
researchers, practitioners and companies in the UK construction industry to focus their attention and resources
on the significant issues, crucial to support the successful implementation of LC.

Keywords:Lean Construction, UK construction industry, Structural and Cultural Barriers
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K220 Construction Management
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:28877
Deposited On:04 Oct 2017 09:13

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