Target value design: using collaboration and a lean approach to reduce construction cost

Zimina, D., Ballard, G. and Pasquire, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6344-2031, 2012. Target value design: using collaboration and a lean approach to reduce construction cost. Construction Management and Economics, 30 (5), pp. 383-398. ISSN 1466-433X


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Target Costing is an effective management technique that has been used in manufacturing for decades to achieve cost predictability during new products development. Adoption of this technique promises benefits for the construction industry as it struggles to raise the number of successful outcomes and certainty of project delivery in terms of cost, quality and time. Target Value Design is a management approach that takes the best features of Target Costing and adapts them to the peculiarities of construction. In this paper the concept of Target Value Design is introduced based on the results of action research carried out on 12 construction projects in the USA. It has been shown that systemic application of Target Value Design leads to significant improvement of project performance – the final cost of projects was on average 15% less than market cost. The construction industry already has approaches that have similarities with elements of the Target Value Design process or uses the same terminology, e.g. Partnering and Target Cost Contracts, Cost planning, etc. Following an exploration of the similarities and differences Target Value Design is positioned as a form of Target Costing for construction that offers a more reliable route to successful projects outcomes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Construction Management and Economics
Creators: Zimina, D., Ballard, G. and Pasquire, C.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2012
Volume: 30
Number: 5
ISSN: 1466-433X
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:06
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:49

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