Exploring the roots of lean culture at DPR constuction: A case study in lean culture

Aaron Maestas, Kristen Parrish

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Abstract

In the past few decades, lean manufacturing principles have been adopted as standard business practices in an attempt to create a less wasteful, more productive, and increasingly sustainable workplace. In particular, companies in the construction industry have focused on this concept to improve quality, productivity, safety and general business. This experience has been variable: while many companies tout the benefits of lean construction, some companies stand out as the leaders in its application, though companies all employ the same lean principles. Research suggests those companies that are most successful implement lean business culture across all levels in the organization. This paper examines the commonalities between four books discussing lean culture and how the common principles from these books informed the cultural underpinnings of a particularly successful lean contractor, DPR Construction (DPR). Specifically, this paper explores the book The Toyota Way by Jeffery Liker, focusing on its four sections of lean management principles and the research and findings on successful business principles in the books Built to Last, Good to Great, and Great by Choice by Jim Collins. The authors compare these books and highlight how their principles support the culture at DPR, which exemplifies an effective lean business culture.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Pages1413-1424
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2014
Event22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: Jun 25 2014Jun 27 2014

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Other22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014
CountryNorway
CityOslo
Period6/25/146/27/14

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Industry
Construction industry
Contractors
Productivity

Keywords

  • Culture principles
  • Lean culture principles
  • Lean principles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Maestas, A., & Parrish, K. (2014). Exploring the roots of lean culture at DPR constuction: A case study in lean culture. In 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014 (pp. 1413-1424). The International Group for Lean Construction.

Exploring the roots of lean culture at DPR constuction : A case study in lean culture. / Maestas, Aaron; Parrish, Kristen.

22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014. The International Group for Lean Construction, 2014. p. 1413-1424.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Maestas, A & Parrish, K 2014, Exploring the roots of lean culture at DPR constuction: A case study in lean culture. in 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014. The International Group for Lean Construction, pp. 1413-1424, 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014, Oslo, Norway, 6/25/14.
Maestas A, Parrish K. Exploring the roots of lean culture at DPR constuction: A case study in lean culture. In 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014. The International Group for Lean Construction. 2014. p. 1413-1424
Maestas, Aaron ; Parrish, Kristen. / Exploring the roots of lean culture at DPR constuction : A case study in lean culture. 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014. The International Group for Lean Construction, 2014. pp. 1413-1424
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