Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740510593530
Title: Modern-day lean construction principles: Some questions on their origin and similarities with Sun Tzu's Art of War
Authors: Pheng, L.S. 
Fang, T.H.
Keywords: Construction industry
Lean production
Military actions
Project management
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Pheng, L.S.,Fang, T.H. (2005). Modern-day lean construction principles: Some questions on their origin and similarities with Sun Tzu's Art of War. Management Decision 43 (4) : 523-541. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740510593530
Abstract: Purpose - Lean construction looks into the possibility of bringing successful lean production theories into the construction industry. It was believed that lean production principles could also be influenced by the essence of military strategies, specifically that of Sun Tzu's Art of War (ST) when these were introduced many years ago. This study looks into the practices of lean construction in the industry and the similarities in the two sets of statements from lean construction principles and Sun Tzu's strategic principles. Design/methodology/approach - Surveys and interviews of 40 project managers in the construction industry were conducted. Findings - The study suggests that there are some agreements between lean construction principles and Sun Tzu's strategic principles. Research limitations/implications - This study raises the interesting question of whether the origin of lean construction principles can be traced to the strategic principles formulated by Sun Tzu some 2,500 years ago. Practical implications - It is recommended that the strategic principles formulated by Sun Tzu be tapped upon for the further extension of lean principles (LP) in construction. Originality/value - The value of this paper lies in its reflections of ST to better understand the possible origin of current lean construction principles and practices. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Source Title: Management Decision
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/45780
ISSN: 00251747
DOI: 10.1108/00251740510593530
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

13
checked on Dec 4, 2017

Page view(s)

76
checked on Dec 8, 2017

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.