LCI Funded Lean Construction Research Papers

LCI Research

Lean Design & Construction Research Papers

Using empirical evidence, LCI-funded research efforts show that projects with a high Lean intensity are more likely to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget. See the results of our three major research efforts here. Feel free to explore, download and share the one-page fact sheets, the full reports, and supplementary videos with your organization, team or with those skeptical of the Lean advantage.

Lean Construction Institute Contractor Survey (2021)

Operational Excellence Improved by Lean

Co-Sponsored by LCI and AGC Conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics

In the “Lean Construction Contractor Survey” members of three organizations provide industry evidence that utilization of Lean methodologies provide benefits across the board for schedule, cost, safety, employee engagement, and client satisfaction.

This is the first-time research of this magnitude on Lean Construction methodologies have been conducted for the general contractor and the findings are presented in relation to the previous two research projects by the leading organizations in the field of Lean construction.

In 2016, the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) in partnership with Dodge Data & Analytics sponsored an Owner outcome study called “Why do Projects Excel? The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery”.

LCI followed up their research from the Owner perspective by including Designers in a study called “Why Projects Excel-Great Design Enabled by Lean” which compared best vs. typical projects, as well as design firm-relevant metrics to establish a benchmark of performance to reveal the impact of Lean methods.

In 2021, AGC of America partnered with LCI and Dodge Data and Analytics to conduct research into the benefits of Lean Construction methodology on projects for the general contractor including Building/Highway/Federal/Specialty Contractors.

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Lean Construction Contractor Survey

In 2021, AGC of America partnered with LCI and Dodge Data and Analytics to conduct research into the benefits of Lean Construction methodology on projects for the general contractor including Building/Highway/Federal/Specialty Contractors.

Lean Construction Institute Designer Satisfaction Survey (2017)

The Business Case for Lean in Design

Co-Sponsored by LCI and AGC
Conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics

The research from 2017 focused on identifying how design professionals can improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence. This study was conducted as a follow-up of the previous effort that uses a similar methodology of comparing best vs. typical projects.

Design firm-relevant metrics were examined to establish a benchmark of performance and to reveal the impact of Lean methods. The video features designers discussing what the research means to them and the one-page fact sheet below will form a Business case for Lean in design.

Research Findings

LCI Congress Presentation

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Dodge Data & Analytics Report

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Lean Construction Institute Owner Satisfaction Study (2016)

The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery

Co-Sponsored by LCI and Canada’s Integrated Project Delivery Alliance

LCI’s first research effort in 2016 funded two studies that collectively examined 162 projects across the U.S. to understand why some projects excel more than others. Explore the videos for a high-level look into the research findings and download the full reports.

Research Findings

Owner Satisfaction Study (2013)

Prepared by Dodge Data & Analytics

Read the full report for the results of the owner satisfaction study.

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Why Do Projects Excel? The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery

Produced by LCI

Read the presentation showing a significant correlation between high Lean intensity projects and their likelihood of coming in ahead of schedule and under budget.

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Motivation and Means: How and Why IPD and Lean Lead to Success (2016)

Conducted by University of Minnesota

Explore five common myths about Lean and IPD then learn how teams optimize owner and supply chain satisfaction using the IPD model and Lean processes.

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Owner Success Stories

Motivation and Means: How and Why IPD and Lean Lead to Success

Watch the owner’s success stories for unscripted responses from several owners who participated in the studies. Each owner describes how using Lean and IPD impacted the team, project outcomes and their organization as a whole.

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