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Sustainability 2015, 7(5), 5182-5210; doi:10.3390/su7055182

A Construction Management Framework for Mass Customisation in Traditional Construction

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Department of Building and Urbanism, Polytechnic University College, University of Alicante, Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig, s/n, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Department of Computer Science and Technologies, Polytechnic University College, University of Alicante, Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig, s/n, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Department of Software and Computing Systems, Polytechnic University College, University of Alicante, Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig, s/n, 03690 Alicante, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Masa Noguchi
Received: 12 November 2014 / Revised: 15 March 2015 / Accepted: 10 April 2015 / Published: 28 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ZEMCH Research Initiatives: Mass Customisation and Sustainability)
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Abstract

A Mass Customisation model is discussed as a competitive positioning strategy in the marketplace adding value to the customer’s end-use. It includes the user as part of the construction process responding to the customer’s demands and wishes. To the present day, almost all proposals for Mass Customisation have been focused on the design phase and single family houses. The reality is that the processes carried out in the work execution are so inefficient that the costs of the Mass Customisation models are assumed by the customer and they do not offer solutions that support the change management. Furthermore, this inefficiency often makes Mass Customisation unfeasible in terms of deadlines and site management. Therefore, the present proposal focuses on achieving the paradigm of Mass Customisation in the traditional residential construction complementary to the existing proposals in the design phase. All this through the proposal of a framework for the integral management in the work execution, which will address change management introduced by the users offering an efficient and productive model that reduces costs in the process. This model will focus on the synergy between different strategies, techniques and technologies currently used in the construction management (such as Lean Construction or Six Sigma), together with, other strategies and technologies that have proven to be valid solutions in other fields (such as Business Process Management, Service Oriented Architecture, etc.). View Full-Text
Keywords: mass customisation; construction management; efficiency; change management; integration; BPM; Lean Construction; six sigma; SOA mass customisation; construction management; efficiency; change management; integration; BPM; Lean Construction; six sigma; SOA
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Andújar-Montoya, M.D.; Gilart-Iglesias, V.; Montoyo, A.; Marcos-Jorquera, D. A Construction Management Framework for Mass Customisation in Traditional Construction. Sustainability 2015, 7, 5182-5210.

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