The impact of path dependencies on lean implementation within a construction company: a case study

Morrey, N., Pasquire, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6344-2031 and Dainty, A., 2010. The impact of path dependencies on lean implementation within a construction company: a case study. Lean Construction Journal, pp. 86-96. ISSN 1555-1369

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Hypotheses: The hypothesis under consideration is that path dependencies can influence the implementation of lean and enactmen t of that strategy in practice. Purpose: The effect path dependency has on a le an implementation is being investigated using a major UK construction company as a case study. This paper describes the nature of the issues arising from path dependency and presents the preliminary findings. Research Design/Method: A literature review on path de pendency has been carried out, with emphasis on finding literature concer ned with path dependencies in the context of implementing change. Findings: The paper finds that many elements that are required to implement and embed a lean culture are path dependent. Limitations: The findings from the literature re view are not limited to a particular company or industry, and so the findings concerning elements that can influence change being path dependent have a wide relevance. Implications: The implication for industry is that hi story matters, and that it is necessary to understand the past and the path depend encies in existence within a business in order to change the future. Value for practitioners: A study of path dependencies could be considered to be a form of root cause analysis of barriers and/or enable rs for change within the business. It is suggested that other practitioners could carry out a study of the path dependencies that exist within their business in order that any lean implementation/change program can be tailored to either overcome or capitalize upon these dependencies and to ensure that the change program will be fully realized and sustainable.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Lean Construction Journal
Creators: Morrey, N., Pasquire, C. and Dainty, A.
Publisher: Lean Construction Institute
Date: 2010
ISSN: 1555-1369
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:44
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:37

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