Shared understanding: the machine code of the social in a socio-technical system

Pasquire, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6344-2031 and Ebbs, P., 2017. Shared understanding: the machine code of the social in a socio-technical system. In: 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Heraklion, Greece, 9-12 July 2017.

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The emergence of the explicit need for shared understanding as an underpinning flow in lean construction has generated some debate and exposed a need to provide a better explanation. Following an investigation comprising of a total of 27 interviews and several workshops, the data identifies and connects the relationship between inappropriate understanding and constraints to flow - represented through a conceptual model. The research further identified that introducing lean construction concepts associated with the Last Planner® System caused the participants to realise the importance of a shared understanding when previously they had not raised it as a source of constraint or problem. The research concludes that a shared understanding is critical to the social aspects of a sociotechnical system and needs to be precise and project specific to achieve the desired outcomes. In this way, a shared understanding can be considered to be the equivalent of a machine code in an operating system - if the understanding breaks down then so does the project delivery system.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Pasquire, C. and Ebbs, P.
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2309-0979
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Aug 2017 08:52
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 08:52
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