Development of an Approach to Support Construction Stakeholders in the Implementation of the Last Planner System

Emmanuel Itodo Daniel, Christine Pasquire, Graham Dickens

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The implementation of the Last Planner System (LPS) has gained prominence in the construction industry and its influence on the production system seems to be rapid and significant. However, recent studies reveal that the application of LPS principles on projects is fragmented. The aim of the current study, therefore, is to develop an approach to support construction stakeholders in the implementation of the LPS. Thirty semi-structured interviews and three in-depth case studies were conducted with construction stakeholders. The study developed a non-prescriptive but all-inclusive approach for supporting construction stakeholders in the implementation of the LPS on construction projects. This study contributes to knowledge in engineering management as it provides a new insight into how to apply the LPS holistically in the management of engineering projects. The study further provides evidence into the current practice and performance of the LPS in the management of civil engineering project as demonstrated in the case studies. Finally, the identification of the three “levels of support” (organisational, project, and external enabler) provides a focal point for construction practitioners to focus on in the implementation of the LPS in the management of civil engineering project.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering - ASCE
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Jul 2019

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Organizational support
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Development of an Approach to Support Construction Stakeholders in the Implementation of the Last Planner System. / Daniel, Emmanuel Itodo; Pasquire, Christine; Dickens, Graham.

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