Journal article

The practical relationship between continuous flow and lean construction in SMEs

W Avelar, M Meiriño, GL Tortorella

TQM Journal | Published : 2020


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the applicability of lean construction (LC) concepts and tools in necessary, but non-value-added activities (NVAA) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The application of the lean tools in this way facilitates the flow of information and handling material, improving productivity, quality and performance. Finally, practical results motivate a discussion on the real potential of LC principles and on the challenges related to its implementation. Design/methodology/approach: The methodology makes use of direct involvement in the environment under study. Some of the activities performed were the value stream mapping and time and motion stud..

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