Using the IKEA model and virtual prototyping technology to improve construction process management

Heng Li, Hongling Guo, Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, Martin Skitmore

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Learning from manufacturing industries is a useful approach to improving the productivity of the construction industry and to solve problems arising from construction processes. Through the use of virtual prototyping (VP) technology, the lean production process engaged in the IKEA business model (IKEA model) is studied and implemented in a real-life construction project. Specifically, based on the analysis of the IKEA model, the IKEA model can be applied to optimize construction processes and simplify management activities. A case study is analysed to demonstrate the improvement of construction process management through using the VP-IKEA approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-1000
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2008


  • IKEA model
  • Site operations
  • Virtual prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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