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Author(s): Jorge Moreira da Costa
António N. de Miranda Filho
Luiz F. M. Heineck
Title: A Project-Based View of the Link Between Strategy, Structure and Lean Construction
Issue Date: 2011-07
Abstract: Currently, there is a good understanding that companies do not obtain satisfactoryresults when lean practices are implemented alone. The benefits can only be realizedby making a substantial number of organizational changes, which in turn need to becoherent with the business strategy. However, contextual factors drive companies toadopt different business strategies, organizational structures and bundles ofproduction practices. Consequently, the sequence and content of businessdevelopment projects aimed to implement and test lean construction practices canvary according to each firm's internal characteristics and conjunctural needs.This paper argues that lean implementation is not an isolated event, but part of aneffort to create a strategy-structure alignment. Moreover, because leanimplementation is conducted through different internal projects, it is also argued thatprojects constitute the link between business strategy, organizational structure andlean processes. A model is proposed to explain the role that projects play ininterlinking strategy, structure and processes. In doing so, the authors hope to bringawareness to the bigger changes behind lean implementation and to the challenges ofbuilding "finely-tuned" organizations for specific missions.
Subject: Engenharia civil, Engenharia civil
Civil engineering, Civil engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia civil
Engineering and technology::Civil engineering
Source: 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FEUP - Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional

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