Maturity and maturity models in lean construction

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Claus Nesensohn
David James Bryde
Edward Ochieng
Damian Fearon


In recent years there has been an increasing interest in maturity models in management-related disciplines; which reflects a growing recognition that becoming more mature and having a model to guide the route to maturity can help organisations in managing major transformational change. Lean Construction (LC) is an increasingly important improvement approach that organisations seek to embed. This study explores how to apply the maturity models to LC. Hence the attitudes, opinions and experiences of key industry informants with high levels of knowledge of LC were investigated. To achieve this, a review of maturity models was conducted, and data for the analysis was collected through a sequential process involving three methods. First a group interview with seven key informants. Second a follow up discussion with the same individuals to investigate some of the issues raised in more depth. Third an online discussion held via LinkedIn in which members shared their views on some of the results. Overall, we found that there is a lack of common understanding as to what maturity means in LC, though there is general agreement that the concept of maturity is a suitable one to reflect the path of evolution for LC within organisations.

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Nesensohn, C., Bryde, D. J., Ochieng, E., & Fearon, D. (2014). Maturity and maturity models in lean construction. Construction Economics and Building, 14(1), 45-59.
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Claus Nesensohn, Liverpool John Moores University

Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies [BEST] – Research Institute

David James Bryde, Liverpool John Moores University

Professor of Project Managment, Built Environment.

Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies [BEST] – Research Institute

Edward Ochieng, Liverpool John Moores University

Senior Lecturer in Project Management

Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies [BEST] – Research Institute

Damian Fearon, Liverpool John Moores University

Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies [BEST] – Research Institute


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