Process transparency on construction sites: Examples from construction companies in Brazil


Process transparency is the core concept in Visual Management (VM), which is one of the founding blocks of the Toyota Production System. This paper presents the preliminary results of a collaborative research conducted between Brazil and the UK, as part of a research effort focused on the application of Visual Management in construction. How process transparency is realized on construction sites is the main research question of the paper. The use of this concept and the implementation of the transparency theory were investigated through multiple case studies, carried out in nine different construction companies. The findings are explained through six theoretical transparency increasing appro aches. The affecting parameters in the application of, the management's percep tion of and several methods in process transparency in construction were identified. Further work, especially exploring the functions of process transparency on c onstruction sites and reflecting the worker perception of the issue, is necessary to elaborate the process transparency concept.

Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
Event Title: 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC'18
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2010-07-14 - 2010-07-16
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lean theory implementation,Process transparency,Visual Management
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Published Date: 2010
Authors: Tezel, Algan (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3903-6126)
Koskela, Lauri J.
Tzortzopoulos-Fazenda, Patricia
Formoso, Carlos T.
Alves, Thais
Neto, Barros
Viana, Daniela
Mota, Bruno



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