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Techniques and benefits of implementing the last planner system in the Gaza Strip construction industry

Bassam A. Tayeh (Department of Civil Engineering, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza City, Palestine)
Khalid Al Hallaq (Department of Civil Engineering, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza City, Palestine)
Hafiz Zahoor (Department of Construction Engineering and Management, National University of Sciences and Technology, Risalpur, Pakistan)
Abdulla H. Al Faqawi (Department of Civil Engineering, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza City, Palestine)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 18 June 2019

Issue publication date: 2 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to prioritize the vital tools/techniques for the effective implementation of the last planner system (LPS) in the cross-cultural setting of a developing country, i.e. Gaza Strip. Besides, the potential benefits of implementing LPS are prioritized.

Design/methodology/approach

The significant techniques and likely benefits of LPS implementations were identified through comprehensive literature, followed by their verification through a pilot study. The quantitative data were collected using a questionnaire survey from 89 companies, operating in the Gaza Strip construction industry. The relative important index was calculated for prioritizing the significant tools/techniques (16) which support the effective LPS implementation, and highlighting the potential benefits (10) achieved through LPS implementation.

Findings

The results showed that the “use of visual devices to spread information in the construction site,” “attendance of key actors” and “look ahead plan” are the most important tools/techniques supporting LPS implementation. The top three potential benefits of implementing LPS include: “allows a better understanding of the program control,” “maximizes the co-operation and confidence among team members” and “allows the manager to better visualize the work program.” To prevent any waste in project time and to ensure the material supply and continuity of works, the study recommends advance supply and storage of demand materials, and early availability of the shop-drawings for acceptance by the superintendent.

Practical implications

The study’s findings are expected to guide the key construction stakeholders to prioritize their energies toward effective LPS implementation in the Gaza Strip.

Originality/value

Though this study pertains to Palestine, its methodology can be generalized in other countries and regions, having a similar work environment, after making necessary cultural adjustments.

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Citation

Tayeh, B.A., Hallaq, K.A., Zahoor, H. and Al Faqawi, A.H. (2019), "Techniques and benefits of implementing the last planner system in the Gaza Strip construction industry", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 26 No. 7, pp. 1424-1436. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-01-2018-0039

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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