Application of lean construction in small and medium-sized enterprises

Construction SMEs significantly contribute to Canada’s economy. Therefore high productivity within the SMEs is highly beneficial for the development of the country. Building constructions and renovations are everyday occurrences which involve the constant need to improve and readapt business practices to market forces and trends of globalization. Consumers and business owners face problemsduring each project that may result in delayed project delivery or extra cost spending. No one really likes this right? Research indicates that large construction firms have successfully incorporated lean construction elements in their processes. However, the application of lean elements in Construction SMEs is not particularly defined. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to bring relief to construction clients and business owners among SMEs through on-time project delivery and precise budget spending with little or no modifications, by application of lean construction principles which will increase the credibility of construction SMEs (case example Kinetic). This, in turn, would increase customer base through referrals, thus, resulting in long-term sustainability and profitability for the company. This project should serve as an example of the practical application of Lean philosophy within the construction SMEs and encourage several other SMEs in Canada to adopt it successfully.

Mohammed Sulaiman
Faculty Supervisor: 
Mohamad Hassan Wafai
British Columbia
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