Study on the construction workforce management based on lean construction in the context of COVID-19

Zhong, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9604-4523, 2022. Study on the construction workforce management based on lean construction in the context of COVID-19. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. ISSN 0969-9988

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Purpose – The construction industry is facing challenges not only for workers’ mobility during the pandemic situation but also for Lean Construction (LC) practise in responding to the high-qualit development during the post-pandemic. As such, this paper presents a construction workforce management framework based on LC to manage both the emergency goal in migrant worker management and the long-term goal of labour productivity improvement in China.

Design/methodology/approach –The framework is created based on the integrated culture and technology strategies of LC. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods is used to explore factors influencing the mobility of construction workers and to measure labour productivity improvement. The case study approach was adopted to demonstrate the framework application.

Findings – For method application, a time-and-motion study and Percent Plan Complete (PPC) indicator are proposed to offer labour productivity measurements of "resources efficiency" and "f low efficiency". Moreover, the case study provides an industry-level solution for construction workforce management and LC culture shaping, as well as witnesses the LC culture and technology strategies alignment, contribute to LC practise innovation.

Originality/value – Compared with previous studies, which emphasised solely LC techniques rather than socio-technical system thinking, the proposed integration framework and the implementation of "Worker’s Home" and "Lean Work Package" management models in the COVID-19 pandemic contribute to new extensions of both the fundamental of knowledge and practise in LC.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Creators: Zhong, H.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 14 July 2022
ISSN: 0969-9988
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Jun 2022 15:26
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 09:07

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