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Enabling lean through human capacity building: an investigation of small and medium contractors

Ranadewa, KATO, Y.G. Sandanayake, YGS and Siriwardena, M (2021) Enabling lean through human capacity building: an investigation of small and medium contractors. Built Environment Project and Asset Management. ISSN 2044-124X

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper investigates the lean enabling human capacities and develops a framework integrating individual, organisational and environmental level strategies to build human capacities for successful lean implementation of small and medium contractors (SMCs) in Sri Lanka.
Design/methodology/approach: An interpretivism stance is adopted, and a qualitative research approach is used. The data collection technique adopted is semi-structured interviews. In total, 24 experts with experience in lean implementation of SMCs were interviewed, and data were analysed through code based content analysis using NVivo10.
Findings: Team working skills, critical thinking, leadership, communication skills, work ethics, knowledge and positive attitudes were identified as lean enabling human capacities for SMCs. The framework developed in this study provides individual, organisational and environmental level strategies that can be used to build human capacities necessary for enabling lean in construction SMCs.
Practical implications: The study will be beneficial to construction SMCs, academics, researchers and government institutions in developing countries, which share socio-economic, demographic or cultural traits similar to Sri Lanka.
Originality/value: A novel lean enabling human capacity building framework is developed with the strategies required for building those capacities in order to accelerate the lean implementation in construction SMCs. This contributes to the body of knowledge as it uncovers individual, organisational and environmental level strategies for enabling lean through human capacity building in Sri Lankan SMCs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact permissions@emerald.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0905 Civil Engineering, 1202 Building, 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 09:34
Last Modified: 18 May 2021 10:56
DOI or Identification number: 10.1108/bepam-03-2020-0045
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15013

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