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Journal Cover Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
  [SJR: 0.508]   [H-I: 8]   [14 followers]  Follow
   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 1471-4175
   Published by Emerald Homepage  [335 journals]
  • The design and value of "early adopter" low-energy houses.
    • Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2017.

      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T11:08:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-01-2017-0001
  • Opportunity management in large projects: a case study of an
           infrastructure alliance project
    • Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2017.
      Purpose Large projects struggle with exploiting and capturing opportunities due to the lack of practices that support active and continuous opportunity management over the project lifecycle in inter-organizational project networks. This study explores how to identify and manage opportunities successfully in a large multi-organizational infrastructure project. Design/methodology/approach This study provides empirical evidence of a successful opportunity management process based on an investigation of an infrastructure alliance project. The adopted research approach is an inductive case study. Findings By analyzing an infrastructure alliance project, this paper identifies key activities of opportunity management and furthermore, discusses the enablers of active and continuous opportunity management. Practical implications This study supports practitioners by providing knowledge about the possibilities and activities that could be deployed during the project lifecycle to improve opportunity management process and about the enablers – factors that facilitate alliance partners’ capabilities to manage opportunities. Originality/value There is limited empirical research on the practices of opportunity management that support continuous, active opportunity management in inter-organizational project contexts although multidisciplinary project networks have possibilities for taking advantage of opportunities that emerge over the project lifecycle.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T11:08:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-10-2016-0051
  • Spanning the multilevel boundaries of construction organisations: towards
           the delivery of BIM-compliant projects
    • Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2017.
      Purpose Construction projects are mobilised through a number of interdependent processes and multi-functional activities by different practitioners with myriad specialised skills. Many of the difficulties that manifest in construction projects can be attributed to the fragmented work activities and inter-disciplinary nature of project teams. This is nevertheless, becoming ever more pertinent with the rise of technology deployment in construction organisations. Accordingly, the premise of this paper is on the interdependent boundary spanning activities that characterise the level of permeability of knowledge, information-flow and learning among construction supply chain involved in the delivery of BIM-compliant construction projects. Design/methodology/approach The study combined experts’ sampling interviews and a case study research method to help offer better insights into the kind of emerging multilevel boundary practices as influenced by the rapidly evolving construction technological solutions. The experts sampling helped inform better understanding by unravelling the key changes in contemporary boundary configurations and related boundary spanning practices within technology-mediated construction project settings. The case study also helped to establish the manifestation of the appropriate best practices for managing multilevel boundaries in BIM-enabled construction project organizations. Findings The paper has revealed that different generic organizational BIM strategies as developed in specialized boundaries are reconfigured as appropriate at the project-level to produce project-specific BIM execution plan (BXP). The outcome of the project BXP is dependent on the project organizational teams that cooperate in creating new solutions and on conceding space for negotiations and compromises which conflicting interests at the project-level can find to be both desirable and feasible. The implementation effort is therefore contingent on mutual translation in which different actors with different insights instigate their practice through negotiation and persuasion which eventually are reinforced by contractual agreement and obligations. Originality/value The paper has presented a novel and well-timed empirical insights into BIM-enabled project delivery and best practices that span multilevel boundaries of construction organizations.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T11:08:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-09-2016-0047
  • KPIs for measuring performance of production systems for residential
           building: a production strategy perspective
    • Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2017.
      Purpose To define Key Performance Indicators for measuring performance of production systems for residential building from a production strategy perspective. Design/methodology/approach A literature review is done to identify suitable competitive priorities and to provide grounds for developing KPIs to measure them. The KPIs are evaluated and validated through interviews with industry experts from five case companies producing multifamily residences. Furthermore, two of the case companies are used to illustrate how the KPIs can be employed for analysing different production systems from a manufacturing strategy perspective. Findings Defined, and empirically validated, KPIs for measuring the competitive priorities quality, cost (level and dependability), delivery (speed and dependability) and flexibility (volume and mix) of different production systems. Research limitations/implications To further validate the KPIs, more empirical tests need to be done and further research also needs to address Mix Flexibility, which better needs to account for product range to provide a trustworthy KPI. Practical implications The defined KPIs can be used to evaluate and monitor the performance of different production systems’ ability to meet market demands, hence focusing on the link between the market and the firm’s production function. The KPIs can also be used to track a production systems’ ability to perform over time. Originality/value Most research that evaluate and compare production systems for residential building is based on qualitative estimations of manufacturing outputs. There is a lack of quantitative KPIs to measure performance at a strategic level. This research does this, identifying what to measure, but also how to measure through 14 defined KPIs divided into four competitive priorities.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T11:08:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-06-2016-0034
  • Implementation of the LPS using an excel spreadsheet: a case study from
           the New Zealand construction industry
    • Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2017.
      Purpose This study investigated the implementation challenges of one of lean construction’s recent tools, the Last Planner System (LPS), by exploring issues in the New Zealand construction sector to identify potential areas for improvement. To achieve this aim, the study formulated two objectives: 1) to present the challenges in LPS use; and 2) to explore solutions through using an Excel spreadsheet to facilitate LPS applications. Design/methodology/approach The study drew primarily upon a case study approach. A fieldwork study and document analysis of a New Zealand construction project were conducted with an extensive literature review undertaken on the LPS concept. Findings The findings revealed that, although an automated spreadsheet could be a simple and inexpensive option for using the LPS, data collection, storage and transfer into the spreadsheet could significantly influence the LPS outcomes’ reliability. Most data utilisation challenges were found to occur around the three data sets included in the Weekly Work Plan (WWP). The study presented several automation solutions which had been applied to overcome data utilisation challenges. Originality/value Among the first of its kind in the construction industry, this study, with its first-hand account of an organisation which uses the lean paradigm, provides an in-depth insight into LPS tool implementation. The study extends the current body of knowledge through unearthing the challenges of LPS integration into construction activities and presenting efforts undertaken in a construction case project to overcome relevant issues. This adds value through enhancing the reliability of the LPS and, consequently, the effectiveness of its implementation in practical terms.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T11:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-01-2016-0002
  • Beyond the causes – rethinking mitigating measures to avert cost and
           time overruns in construction projects
    • Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2017.
      Purpose Extant literature is replete with factors that engender cost and time overruns within the design and construction phase. The constraint is the lack of a scientific approach in establishing a tackling mechanism to address the root causes and stakeholder responsibilities. This research contends that the circle of investigation into overruns cannot be complete unless the established critical failure factors are matched against their respective mitigating measures to avert the overruns. Design/methodology/approach The research is based on nine unique grand factors previously established and reported in literature about the Ghanaian Construction Industry. A focus group discussion convened through a purposive sampling technique led to the establishment of a list of mitigating measures and strategies. Findings The paper established a checklist of 114 mitigating measures categorised into preventive, predictive and corrective approaches. Additionally, several short to medium term key strategies have been recommended to avert the occurrence of cost and time overruns. Originality/value The mitigating measures can be adopted as a checklist of good practice to help practitioners enhance the effectiveness of project budget and schedule control. It is also supposed to serve as a guide to practitioners in averting overruns through predictive, preventive and/or corrective causes. A unique approach in averting the occurrence of cost and time overruns.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T11:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-01-2016-0003
  • Improving productivity of road surfacing operations using value stream
           mapping and discrete event simulation
    • Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2017.
      Purpose The Highways Infrastructure is one of the most valuable asset owned by the public sector. Efficient operations of Highways have the success of national and local economies as well as quality of life of the general public, dependent on it. Ensuring smooth traffic operations requires maintenance and improvements of the highest standard. This research investigates integration of Discrete Event Simulation (DES) and Value Stream mapping (VSM) to enhance the productivity of the delivery of road surfacing operations by achieving higher production rates and minimum road closure times. Design/methodology/approach Research approach involved use of primary data, collected from direct observation, interviews, review of archival records and productivity databases. Based on this, process maps and value stream maps were developed, which were subsequently used to produce discrete event simulation models, for exploration of different optimisation scenarios. Findings This research highlights a synergistic relationship between applications of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) along with Discrete Event Simulation (DES) methods in driving construction process innovation. Identified factors that affect roadworks process productivity include machine, manpower, material, information, environment, and method related factors. A Discrete Event Simulation model is presented to optimise the process and achieve higher production rates. A hybrid DES-VSM approach ensures an integrated approach to process optimisation. Research limitations/implications This research work is an application of hybrid version of previously published DES-VSM framework in manufacturing. Presented research has extended and tested its applicability within the road surfacing operations. Different what-If scenarios performed in this paper might not be applicable to other parts of the world due to various constraints. The research has focused on addressing waste inherent in pavement laying process. Even though external variables could possibly influence pavement process, those were ignored to allow for in-depth focus on process under consideration. Practical implications Road users are one of the most important stakeholders that will benefit from the positive implications of research. Private resurfacing companies and transport departments can optimise their overall process and style of working by comparing their end-to-end process and work plans with ones mentioned in this paper. It will boost the productivity of equipment like planers, pavers and other machines used in resurfacing operations. Originality/value Existing approaches to process modelling such as Value Stream Mapping, Process diagrams are constrained by their effectiveness in analysis of dynamic and complex processes. This research presents a Discrete Event Simulation based approach to validate targeted improvements of the current state of road surfacing processes and in exploration of different optimisation scenarios.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T11:08:15Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-11-2016-0058
  • Editorial
    • First page: 114
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.

      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:33Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-02-2017-0016
  • A future for facility management
    • First page: 116
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.

      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-11-2016-0059
  • Benefits of visual management in construction: cases from the
           transportation sector in England
    • First page: 125
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the benefits of Visual Management (VM) systems in transportation construction projects in England. Design/methodology/approach Following a comprehensive literature review, the benefits of VM were investigated through action and case study research executed within two construction projects in England. Findings The main findings are; VM can contribute to (i) increased self-management, (ii) better team coordination, (iii) better promises or an increasing Plan Percent Complete (PPC), (iv) easier control for the management, and (v) improved workplace conditions in the transportation sector. It is important for the management to obtain the engagement of their workforce for VM through increased participation and demonstrating the actual benefits. However, managerial monitoring and control on the systems should not be underestimated. Originality/value The transportation sector in England has been systematically deploying lean construction techniques in its operations for a while. One of those lean techniques is a close-range visual communication strategy called Visual Management (VM). The literature on the VM implementation in construction is scarce and generally limited to the building construction context. This paper documents the benefits of VM systems for the transportation sector by using data captured through both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. The paper also identifies a set of recommendations for similar research efforts in the transportation context in the future.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:35Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-05-2016-0029
  • Logistics optimisation in road construction project
    • First page: 158
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.
      Purpose The study aims to assist the project manager in minimising the material logistics cost of road project by planning the optimal movement of aggregate across three stages of supply chain: sourcing, processing and distribution. Design/methodology/approach The paper conceptualises the raw material consumption in road project as a logistics network distribution problem. A linear programming (LP) formulation is constructed with appropriate decision variables by integrating the three stages of material movement. The series of LP scenarios are solved using LP solver to decide the optimal movement of aggregate to be consumed in different layers of road segments. Findings The results obtained from the model show that planning material logistics of entire road project using optimisation provide substantial saving in logistics cost than using some common sense. Further, the magnitude of cost saving improves as the complexity of the model increases in term of enormous feasible options. Practical implications The demonstrated model may serve as a basis for planning logistics of raw materials consumed in the road projects. The small improvement in material flows by optimising supply chain shows sensible cost benefit to project manager and hence control and monitor the overall cost and activities of the project. The output of the model is also expected to help the project team as an input in the decision making processes such as appropriate material sourcing contract, capacity assessment of material processing facility and transportation planning. Originality/value While the optimisation models are widely used and popular among the many industrial applications, this research shows distinct application of such model in managing the logistics of the road construction project.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-03-2016-0014
  • Transaction formalism protocol tool in infrastructure management
    • First page: 180
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.
      Purpose The core objective of this paper is to develop an eight-step procedure—Transaction Formalism Protocol (TFP) in the area of infrastructure management. The proposed TFP is developed from two perspectives: TFP Specification (conceptual) and TFP Tool (application). This paper introduces the TFP Specification and discusses the TFP Tool in detail. Design/methodology/approach To develop the proposed TFP Tool a five-step methodology was used: identify and select existing standards, benchmark standards, link and build on these standards, develop the proposed TFP Tool and validate the protocol. Findings The TFP Specification defines each step as a function for which inputs, controls, mechanisms, tools/techniques and outputs are specified. The TFP Tool comprises of a set of forms and guidance that the transaction development personnel, including; transaction analysts, transaction designers, software developers, process modellers and industry experts will use to define transactions in infrastructure management. Practical implications The proposed TFP Tool enables transaction development personnel to define transactions effectively and efficiently for ICT based solutions through defining information in a structured, consistent and easy way. Originality/value The TFP Tool was built on existing standards incorporating their shortcomings, including; lack of a step-by-step procedure to help guide the personnel what to do next, lack of transaction monitoring and improvement steps and lack of standardised forms to collect information in a prescribed format for implementation in ICT based collaboration systems. The proposed Tool was evaluated and found to be feasible, usable and useful.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-08-2015-0045
  • Risk assessment in public-private partnership infrastructure projects:
           empirical comparison between Ghana and Hong Kong
    • First page: 204
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to empirically compare the risk factors in public-private partnership (PPP) projects in developing and developed countries, represented by Ghana and Hong Kong respectively. Design/methodology/approach A structured questionnaire survey was conducted with PPP practitioners in Ghana and Hong Kong. One hundred and three valid responses were received for analysis. Kendall’s coefficient of concordance and mean ranking were used for data analysis. Findings The results show that respondents from Ghana ranked country risk factors higher, whereas their Hong Kong counterparts ranked project-specific risks higher. The top five significant risks in Ghana are corruption, inflation rate fluctuation, exchange rate fluctuation, delay in project completion and interest rate fluctuation. In Hong Kong, the top five significant risk factors are delay in land acquisition, operational cost overruns, construction cost overruns, delay in project completion and political interference. Originality/value The results of the study inform international investors of the appropriate risk mitigation measures and preventive actions to employ when engaging in PPP arrangements in any part of the world. Further, governments who are yet to employ the PPP concept would be informed of the prevailing risk factors in other neighbouring countries (i.e. developing or developed countries).
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-08-2016-0043
  • Exploring organisational attributes affecting the innovativeness of UK
    • First page: 224
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.
      Purpose The UK construction sector of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) has received criticism for a perceived lack of desire to innovate. Previous research has identified attributes such as company size and levels of research and development expenditure as being significant ‘causal’ variables determining this response. The aim of this research was to further explore organisational attributes that determine innovation likeliness within construction SME’s. Design/methodology/approach Web based questionnaires were administered to 101 construction professionals. Responses from large companies and SME’s were compared and data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Findings Findings indicate that SME’s do implement a substantial amount of innovation in order to improve profitability. Both organisational maturity and in-house design capability were found to impact SME innovativeness. Originality/value The study provides further evidence that the UK construction SME sector is evolving away from traditional to more innovative practices.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-11-2015-0065
  • Architects’ perception of the innovativeness of the Swedish
           construction industry
    • First page: 244
      Abstract: Construction Innovation, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2017.
      Purpose The aim of this paper is to enhance the understanding of architects’ perceptions of the propensity to adopt innovations in building construction. Design/methodology/approach Based on a theoretical underpinning of the multilevel perspective on socio-technical transitions, a web-based questionnaire (n=412) was used to empirically investigate Swedish architects’ perceptions of innovativeness in the building construction industry. Specifically, the study looks at perceptions of the level of innovativeness (propensity to adopt innovations), relevant barriers to the adoption of innovations, the influence of different actors, and ways of facilitating innovativeness. Findings Architects perceive a low level of innovativeness in the Swedish building construction industry due to a number of barriers of varying relevance. These barriers belong to interwoven regulative, normative and cognitive rules (i.e., institutions) that guide actor behaviour, which contribute to the path dependency of the industry. The site-specific nature of building construction, promotional activities from suppliers, and the level of competition in the industry is perceived as being of little relevance. The findings suggest that a multitude of interventions are necessary to facilitate innovativeness of the Swedish construction industry. To change the lock-in mechanisms of the established cognitive and normative rules, regulative rules need to change as well. According to architects, contractors and construction clients are the most influential and therefore have the most power to change the rules associated with path dependency. Research limitations/implications The focus on a single construction professional in Sweden necessitates a discussion on these perceptions from the standpoint of other actors. Practical implications Architects perceive a need for change in the construction industry and suggest that changed regulative rules can help overcome path dependency and facilitate innovativeness. Considering the strong interrelatedness of the lock-in mechanisms that guide the actors of the industry, policies may be needed to encourage and support the establishment for more sustainable development. Originality/value A multilevel perspective is applied to analyse the type of barriers to innovativeness that the architects perceive as relevant and how they contribute to the resistance to change and path dependency in the building construction sector.
      Citation: Construction Innovation
      PubDate: 2017-03-06T02:04:36Z
      DOI: 10.1108/CI-06-2015-0038
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