Productivity

Journal article

Visual management of daily construction site space use

When space use over time is not planned, trades may get stacked in areas of the jobsite that are labor intensive, which may hamper productivity and cause safety concerns. This paper presents a simple space scheduling program called LoSite that helps workers involved in doing...
Conference paper

Lean, psychological safety, and behavior-based quality: a focus on people and value delivery

Psychological safety is a construct that can help to bridge the gap in our knowledge of the influence of human factors in the design and success of construction processes, and is based on assessments about the risks associated with an action. Lean principles, such as...
Conference paper

Design Thinking in action: a DPR case study to develop a sustainable digital solution for labor resource management

Even though new tools and technologies are emerging rapidly for the construction industry, the rate of innovation and innovation adoption is low. The Design Thinking approach, which resembles the pull strategy in the Lean concept, has great potential in searching for and developing sustainable and...
Report

Firm dynamics and productivity growth

This document assesses the state of knowledge about firm dynamics in New Zealand and answers the following questions: 1) why firms grow? 2) how firm performance affects aggregate productivity growth? (3) what role policy can play in improving productivity growth. The objective is to identify...
Briefing paper

The costs of epilepsy in Australia: a productivity based analysis

Approximately 45.9 million people worldwide have active epilepsy. Studies show that compared to people without epilepsy, people with epilepsy have a significantly higher use of healthcare services. This briefing outlines important data for community organisations to advocate for better supports for people diagnosed and living...
Report

Roadmap for recovery: briefing to the incoming government

New Zealand faces its worst recession in nearly a century. Unfortunately, the economic response to the challenges of Covid-19 leaves much to be desired. Most new policy initiatives proposed in the run-up to the 2020 general election range from trivial at best to economic sabotage...
Conference paper

Diffusion of lean construction in small to medium-sized enterprises of housing sector

This study investigates the diffusion level of lean construction among the small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) by conducting a telephone survey in the Auckland region of New Zealand. The results indicated the rate of diffusion at three stages of a simplified innovation diffusion model...
Journal article

Theorizing construction industry practice within a disaster risk reduction setting: is it a panacea or an illusion?

With the recent increases in natural hazard events worldwide, and the likelihood that this will worsen still further with anticipated climate changes, the construction industry is increasingly contributing to building resilience within disaster-affected communities. Existing industry expertise, its educational approaches and the related theoretical frameworks...
Journal article

Strategy of change construction method to increase productivity and reduce waste in the private university buildings

In the effort of productivity management of floor plate formwork method and minimising waste in building projects, the contractor must know the level of productivity of conventional floor plate formwork method and panel floor formwork method. The aim of this research is to explore the...
Report

Productivity Commission green paper: continuing the productivity conversation

Although Australia is a federation with a powerful central government, state governments control many of the levers most crucial for raising our productivity. The NSW Productivity Commission has focused on practical recommendations that align with other NSW government priorities.