Maturity Models to evaluate Lean Construction in Brazilian projects
Goal: This research aim is to answer the question: which Maturity Model (MM) is suitable to evaluate LC implantation in Brazilian Small-Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) of construction.
Design / Methodology / Approach: A literature review was carried out to identify MM related to LC. Then, a case study was conducted applying selected MM in one SME located in São Paulo country town state. The data collection was carried out from April to August of 2018 with professionals of the construction company. A content analysis was used to lead the suited MM through the case study outcomes.
Results: The case study results were analyzed and guide to the suitable MM for this scenario. Improvements to the MM and complementary tools for companies starting on LC implementation are discussed. It was verified that the elected MM has many advantages and can be used in different Brazilian SME of construction.
Limitations of the investigation: The MM assessment cover just one project and the content analysis classification criteria embrace this project issues and the experience provide by this application.
Practical implications: This paper point out the suitable MM to be used by construction practitioners in Brazilian construction projects that are starting lean implementation an SME seeking to meet the gap of elect one model to fill this goal and spread lean philosophy in this scenario.
Originality / Value: This paper contributes to the LC body of knowledge discussing the individuality of Brazilian SME construction projects and the challenge of choosing the MM that fit these companies, leading to method selection criteria that support this issue.
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