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Lean and agile integration within offsite construction using discrete event simulation: A systematic literature review

Sherif Mostafa (School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Nicholas Chileshe (School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Tariq Abdelhamid (School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 3 October 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to systematically analyse and synthesise the existing research published on offsite manufacturing/construction. The study aims to highlight and associate the core elements for adopting the offsite concept in different construction contexts. This ultimately facilitates the enhancement of the offsite uptake.

Design/methodology/approach

The research study was carried out through a systematic literature review (SLR). The SLR was conducted to identify and understand the existing themes in the offsite research landscape, evaluate contributions and compile knowledge, thereby identifying potential directions of future research. The grand electronic databases were explored to gather literature on the offsite concept, lean and agile principles and simulation. A total of 62 related articles published between 1992 and 2015 have been included in this study. The relevant literature was systematically analysed and synthesised to present the emerging offsite themes.

Findings

The descriptive and thematic analyses presented in this paper have identified related offsite research studies that have contributed to setting a firm foundation of the offsite concept in different construction contexts. Each of the 62 articles was examined for achieving the aim and objectives of this study, the method of data collection and coverage of offsite themes. The results of the analyses revealed that the articles mostly provide information on the offsite concept and its definitions (53 per cent) and offsite barriers and/or drivers (27 per cent). However, limited attention has been paid to the integration of lean and agile principles (13 per cent) and simulation (7 per cent) within the offsite concept, which are therefore more open to research within the offsite concept.

Research limitations/implications

The literature review highlights the main themes and components of the offsite construction concept. This forms a solid basis and motivation for researchers and practitioners to build on to enhance the uptake of the offsite concept in different contexts. This study also presents a research roadmap within the offsite concept, along with a recommendation for further research to be conducted using the research framework proposed in this study. The framework could lead to validation of using simulation to integrate lean and agile principles within the offsite concept.

Originality/value

This paper presents a systematic review of the literature related to offsite construction in different contexts. The emerging components, that is, offsite definitions, drivers and/or barriers, lean and agile principles and simulation have been highlighted and discussed thematically. A research framework that enables pursuit of the integration of lean and agile principles offsite through the lens of simulation has been proposed. The framework is expected to open up new opportunities on the effectiveness of offsite development in different contexts.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their sincere gratitude to four anonymous reviewers and the editor of Construction Innovation for their constructive and helpful comments which have enhanced the quality of earlier versions of this paper.

Citation

Mostafa, S., Chileshe, N. and Abdelhamid, T. (2016), "Lean and agile integration within offsite construction using discrete event simulation: A systematic literature review", Construction Innovation, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 483-525. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-09-2014-0043

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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