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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Koskela, Lauri
dc.contributor.author Ferrantelli, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Niiranen, Jarkko
dc.contributor.author Pikas, Ergo
dc.contributor.author Dave, Bhargav
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-10T10:16:18Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-10T10:16:18Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02
dc.identifier.citation Koskela , L , Ferrantelli , A , Niiranen , J , Pikas , E & Dave , B 2018 , ' Epistemological Explanation of Lean Construction ' , JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT: ASCE , vol. 145 , no. 2 , 04018131 . https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001597 en
dc.identifier.issn 0733-9364
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dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/35028
dc.description.abstract The Toyota production system, on which lean production is based, emerged as the unplanned result of unrelated improvements and innovations. Although the related practices and principles are now widely reported, the theories and philosophical premises underlying lean production are not commonly known. This also applies to lean construction, which, although it originated as a set of countermeasures to specific problems in construction, has more recently evolved in alignment with lean production. For example, there is a stark but unexplained contradiction between lean and traditional construction management models regarding the importance of learning and improvement. In view of this, the aim here is to determine the epistemological orientation in these two models. It is found that two different starting points for epistemology, Platonism and Aristotelianism, have also played a major role in the formation of the fundamental ideas of engineering and management generally and in construction. An overly Platonic influence on engineering and management has created a number of problems. It is contended that one major explanation for the evident benefits of lean construction is related to its Aristotelian epistemology. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 145, issue 2 en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title Epistemological Explanation of Lean Construction en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department University of Huddersfield
dc.contributor.department Tallinn University of Technology
dc.contributor.department Department of Civil Engineering
dc.contributor.department Technical University of Denmark
dc.contributor.department Department of Computer Science
dc.subject.keyword DESIGN
dc.subject.keyword KNOWLEDGE
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201812106043
dc.identifier.doi 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001597
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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