Theoretical and Conceptual Discussions Towards Creative Lean Design Management in the Construction Sector

  • Vishal SinghEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


This paper takes the first steps towards building a theoretical and conceptual approach for creative lean design in the construction sector. The paper argues the need to advance the current lean design management approaches in construction by drawing upon some of the established theoretical and conceptual models in creative engineering design and design creativity. The initial steps towards Creative Lean design methodology are proposed. The paper raises the related open research questions and potential future work, concluding with a brief discussion on the need for a ‘theory of assumptions’. The proposed approach is particularly relevant at a time when there are expectations of disruptive changes in the construction sector. Can the motto ‘Constraints Follow Assumptions’ provide the clarion call for creative design and innovation among the proponents of lean design management in the construction sector?


Lean design management Creative lean Theory of constraints Theory of assumptions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland

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