From IKEA model to the lean construction concept: A solution to implementation

Heng Li*, H. L. Guo, Yan Li, Martin Skitmore

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The productivity of the construction industry worldwide has been declining over the past forty years. One approach to improving the situation is by the introduction of lean construction. The IKEA model has been shown to be beneficial when used in the construction context. A framework is developed in which the lean construction concept is embodied within the IKEA model by integrating Virtual Prototyping (VP) technology and its implementation is described and evaluated through a real-life case implementing the lean production philosophy. The operational flows of the IKEA model and lean construction are then compared to analyze the feasibility of IKEA-based lean construction. It is concluded that the successful application of the IKEA model in this context will promote the implementation of lean construction and improve the efficiency of the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-63
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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