Bolstering measures for adopting lean construction in the South African construction industry

Matthew Ikuabe, Clinton Aigbavboa, Douglas Aghimien, Pretty Ramaru

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The South African construction industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the years despite the numerous challenges experienced. However, the perennial issues plaguing the industry still persist and efforts are being made to mitigate their occurrence. Lean construction as a strategic project management tool for construction activities and processes provides some latitude for the abatement of some of the issues facing the construction industry. This study seeks to empirically explore the propelling measures for the adoption of lean construction in the construction industry. With the aid of questionnaires, data was retrieved from the target population of the study which are construction professionals. Retrieved data was analysed with the appropriate method of data analysis. The outcome of the study coupled with the recommendations given provides a guide for the seamless espousal of lean construction in the South African construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-603
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Productivity and Quality Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • South Africa
  • adoption
  • construction industry
  • construction optimisation
  • lean construction
  • lean techniques
  • waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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