Continuous Improvement Cells in the Highways Sector

Algan Tezel, Lauri Koskela, Patricia Tzortzopoulos, Saeed Talebi, Luciana Ines Gomes Miron

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Abstract

In line with its performance improvement and Lean Construction agenda, the highways supply chain in the UK has commenced many Continuous Improvement (CI) cells in recent years. The CI cell is a small-group work coordination and improvement technique that is frequently used in many industries as part of their lean transformations. The technique has also its links to some key lean concepts and practices like continuous improvement (kaizen), Visual Management and hoshinkanri policy deployment. This paper presents a summary of a detailed research aiming to understand the execution of the CI cells in the highways supply chain in the UK with their associated benefits and challenges through a study of 12 CI cells at the main client organisation. Alongside a set of benefits and challenges, the current CI cell execution mechanism and some suggestions to improve the current practice were also presented in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
EditorsVicente A. Gonzalez
Pages691-707
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-93-80689-29-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2018
Event26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2018 - Chennai, India
Duration: 16 Jul 201822 Jul 2018

Publication series

Name
PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction
ISSN (Electronic)2309-0979

Conference

Conference26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2018
CountryIndia
CityChennai
Period16/07/1822/07/18

Keywords

  • Continuous improvement
  • Lean construction
  • Visual management
  • HoshinKanri
  • highways

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